The Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman have been set up to safeguard and promote professional and ethical standards in Irish newspapers and magazines. The Press Council is the new independent regulatory body, and 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. The new 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 professional and ethical standards involved are those set out in the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.