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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. 


Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, third-party comments posted below online articles, broadcasting, advertising, defamation or copyright.  Neither can we consider complaints about social media such as Facebook or Twitter, unless the Facebook or Twitter account is operated by a member publication of the Press Council and the publication has editorial oversight.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

922/2021 - A Man and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint that The Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

Applications Invited for the position of Chair of the Press Council of Ireland

The Press Council of Ireland provides the public with an independent forum for resolving complaints against the press and seeks to maintain standards in Irish journalism and journalistic ethics. It comprises 13 people, 6 industry members and 7 independent members drawn from outside the press industry to include the chair. Read on

972/2021 - Mr Hermann Kelly and The Journal

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Mr Hermann Kelly that The Journal breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on