The Appointments Committee seeks expressions of interest for the independent members of the Press Council by public advertisment, and chooses for appointment six of those who have responded. The Chairman is the seventh independent member of the Press Council.
The Committee also appoints six members of the Press Council reserved for individuals with relevant experience of journalism and the press industry, on the basis of nominations received by the press organisations Newsbrands Ireland, Magazines Ireland, Local Ireland and the National Union of Journalists.
The members of the first Appointments Committee in 2007 were:
Professor Thomas Mitchell (Chairman), former Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Dr Maurice Manning, former President of the Irish Human Rights Commission
Dr Miriam Hederman O'Brien, former Chair of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and the Commission on Taxation
Mr Kevin Murphy, former Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
Members of the current Appointments Committee are:
Mr Rory Montgomery (Chair)
Ms Bride Rosney, former Special Adviser to the President of Ireland
Ms Frances Ruane, former Chair of the Economic & Social, Research Institute
Mr Dermot McCarthy, former Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach