Press Council of Ireland and the Press Ombudsman.
The Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman were set up in 2007 to safeguard and promote professional and ethical standards in Irish newspapers and magazines.
The Press Council is the independent regulatory body which appoints the Press Ombudsman.
The Office of the Press Ombudsman ensures that everybody in Ireland now has access to an independent press complaints mechanism that is quick, fair and free.
These structures are designed to ensure that the freedom of the press is never abused, and that the public interest is always served. These are the main principles of independent press regulation all around the world.
The Office of the Press Ombudsman receives complaints from members of the public, considers whether they are valid, and then seeks to resolve them by conciliation to the satisfaction of everyone involved.
Where conciliation is not possible, the Press Ombudsman will make a decision based on the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines. The Code consists of 10 principles or standards which are to be adhered to by the member publications. Principle 8 refers to Prejudice.
The Press Ombudsman has the option of referring some significant or complex complaints directly to the Press Council for decision. There is no charge for these services.
If you have a complaint of this nature the Office of the Press Ombudsman can be contacted through the following details;
Alternatively, please find a direct link to the online complaints form of the Office of the Press Ombudsman attached below;
Decision of the Press OmbudsmanShane O'Curry, Director of European Network Against Racism Ireland (ENAR), made a complaint that an article in the Irish Independent on 30 September 2013 was a breach of Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.
The complaint was upheld. You can read the details of the decision here -
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