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What does it take to be the Press Ombudsman?

The Press Council is advertising for a new Press Ombudsman ahead of the departure of John Horgan.

Ombudsman John Horgan
Ombudsman John Horgan
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THE PRESS COUNCIL of Ireland is advertising for a new Press Ombudsman ahead of the imminent departure of the incumbent John Horgan.

Horgan is to retire on 1 September after being appointed as Ireland’s first ever Press Ombudsman in 2007.

The Press Council, which oversees the office of the Press Ombudsman, is now advertising for applications for the job.

The Ombudsman is part of the independent voluntary regulation for printed and online media in Ireland. The public can complain to the office about any media organisations which are members of the Press Council of Ireland if an article breaches the code of practice

In the ad posted on the Press Council website, applicants are required to show an in-depth knowledge of the role of the media in a democratic society; maintain the confidence of both editors and the public in the credibility and authority of the office by being independent, fair and objective; and have strong communication, facilitation and decision-making skills.

The ad also says that a track record at senior management level is desirable, as is a relevant third level of professional qualification.

The ad doesn’t specify how much the successful candidate will be paid, but says there is an “attractive remuneration package” on offer commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The appointment is for a fixed term of three years, which may be extended.

The new person will be appointed for a term starting on 1 September.

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