Office of the Press Ombudsman

The Office of the Press Ombudsman is part of a system of independent regulation for the print and digital media in Ireland.   Our aim is to provide the public with a quick, fair and free method of resolving any complaints they may have in relation to member publications of the Press Council of Ireland.  

You can complain about any article that personally affects you, if you think that it breaches the Code of Practice, provided that all information in relation to the complaint is submitted within three months of the date of publication of the article. 

You can also complain about the behaviour of a journalist if you feel that this behaviour involves a breach of the Code.

The Office of the Press Ombudsman will, in the first instance, attempt to resolve the matter by making direct contact with the editor of the publication concerned.  It will outline the complaint to the publication and seek to resolve the matter by a process of conciliation.  If conciliation is not possible, the Press Ombudsman will examine the case and make a decision.  

It does not cost anything to complain to our office. 

All information in relation to a complaint must remain confidential until all aspects of the complaints and appeals process are completed.