Decided by the Press Council on referral by the Press Ombudsman

The Press Ombudsman has the option to refer some significant or complex complaints to the Press Council of Ireland.

If the Press Council finds a breach of the Code of Practice, the complaint will be upheld, and the publication will have to publish the decision in full, with due prominence. If the Press Council finds no breach of the Code, or if it finds that sufficient remedial action was taken or offered by the publication, the complaint will not be upheld.

Ms Aoife Kelleher and the Sunday Independent

05 July 2013

The Press Council of Ireland has decided there was insufficient evidence to uphold a complaint made by Ms Aoife Kelleher about an article published in the Sunday Independent on 25 November 2012. The article, about the release of a statement by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on RTE’s editorial review of a Frontline programme shown during the Presidential election campaign, contained a number of references to the complainant. This complaint was referred to the Press Council by the Press Ombudsman.

Irish Traveller Movement and the Evening Herald

07 September 2012

The Press Council of Ireland has decided to uphold a complaint by the Irish Traveller Movement that the publication of a previous decision on a complaint it made about an article in the Evening Herald on 14 September 2011 was in breach of Principle 10 of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines (Publication of the decisions of the Press Ombudsman and the Press Council) because it was not published with due prominence. This complaint was referred to the Council by the Press Ombudsman.

Goodman and the Sunday Independent

14 October 2011

The Press Council decided not to uphold a complaint referred to it by the Press Ombudsman that an article by Fintan O’Toole which appeared in The Irish Times of 10 May 2011 breached principle 1.2 (Truth and Accuracy) and 3.1 (Fairness and Honesty) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

Ryanair and The Irish Times

10 September 2010

The Press Ombudsman referred to the Press Council for decision, a complaint made by Ryanair relating to an article published in the Irish Times on Saturday 1st May 2010. The referral was made in light of the complexity of the case.

Begg and the Sunday Independent

12 February 2010

The Press Council has decided to uphold a complaint by Mrs Máire Begg about an article published in the Sunday Independent.

Meade and the Sunday World

03 July 2009

The Press Council has decided not to uphold a complaint by Ms Majella Meade about a number of articles published in the Sunday World.

Myers and The Irish Times

27 March 2009

The Press Council has decided to partially uphold a complaint by Mr. Kevin Myers about The Irish Times.

Coulter and the Irish Independent

27 March 2009

The Press Council has decided not to uphold a complaint by Ms Carol Coulter about the Irish Independent

Complainants and the Irish Independent

10 October 2008

The Press Council of Ireland has upheld a complaint against the Irish Independent about an article entitled “Africa is giving nothing to anyone – apart from AIDS”.

French and the Irish Daily Star Sunday

18 April 2008

The Press Council of Ireland has found in favour of Mrs Janet French in her complaint against the Irish Star Sunday.

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