The Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman have been established under the Companies Acts 1963 to 2006, and in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Press Council, as an independent regulatory body to consider, investigate, adjudicate, and resolve or settle complaints received from the public of unjust or unfair treatment or unwarranted infringements by Irish newspapers, periodicals or magazines of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.
In their operations, policies, and in their application of the Principles of the Code of Practice, the Press Council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman are independent both of the press industry and of government.
The finances of the Press Council and of the Office of the Press Ombudsman, including funding, premises, and staffing, are provided, under the terms of the Articles of Association, by the Administrative Committee of the Press Council, which is chaired by an independent member of the Council.
Each member title of the Press Council sold in the country is levied by the Administrative Committee in accordance with its circulation to meet the funding requirements of the Press Council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman.
The Administrative Committee includes representatives of National Newspapers of Ireland, Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland, Magazines Ireland, and the National Union of Journalists. Its current members (2012) are: Seamus Boland (Chairman), Seamus Dooley, Oliver Keenaghan, Johnny O’Hanlon, Grace Aungier, and Frank Cullen.
Further details of the finances of the Press Council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman are available in the Annual Report of the Press Council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman published each year, and available here.