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# Press Ombudsman

This year
# Press Ombudsman
Complaints about the media on the increase relating to recent protests
Readers distinguishing between comment and fact is an issue, says Susan McKay.
Last year
# Media
Journalist and former NWCI chief Susan McKay appointed as Press Ombudsman
She is set to take up the office on 1 October.
All time
# Carlow Nationalist
Press Ombudsman finds that story about schoolgirls' 'distracting' clothing breached accuracy principle
The Carlow Nationalist failed to show the story was supported by verifiable sources.
# 2020 Report
Complaints made to Press Ombudsman increased by almost 40% last year
Just over 15% of the complaints related to one article – a court report of a case involving a 15-year-old girl.
# Annual Report
Irish media 'threatened in a way that has not been seen before' due to Covid-19
The Press Council and Press Ombudsman published their annual report today.
# Press Ombudsman
Ross O'Carroll Kelly column did not 'promote negative hatred' towards English people - Press Ombudsman
A complaint against The Irish Times’ column, published in February, was not upheld.
# Eighth Ref
'Force them to take responsibility': Press Ombudsman wants crackdown on Facebook misinformation
Peter Feeney called for stricter regulation on social media at a conference in Dublin this week.
# press council
Complaint from Communicorp over Irish Times article on George Hook controversy won't go further
It was judged that the Irish Times publication of a right to reply from Newstalk was “sufficient remedial action”.
# Irish Independent
Gerry Adams' complaint about IRA murder article rejected by Press Ombudsman
An article in the Irish Independent reported Adams said he thought jailing the men who killed a Louth farmer would be counterproductive.
# jobstown
Paul Murphy complaint about Irish Times article not upheld by Press Ombudsman
Murphy appealed to the Press Council of Ireland but it found there was insufficient evidence to support the appeal.
# media trust
Fake news, Facebook and Donald Trump: Why do just a quarter of Irish people trust the media?
Research has shown that public trust in the media is at a record low across the world.
'Someone attempts to take their life every 9 minutes' claims Minister
Communications Minister Denis Naughten sounded a warning bell on responsible reporting at Press Council of Ireland report.
# Sorry
Irish Independent apologises to Gerry Adams for 'gunpoint' story
The Sinn Féin leader had complained that the paper distorted comments he made at a fundraising event.
# Ruling
Irish Independent's 'gunpoint' story about Gerry Adams misleading, says watchdog
The Ombudsman said the paper should have clarified that remarks he made about its editor referred to events in 1916.
# i don't believe it
So what articles in the press had people complaining last year?
Many of the complaints cited truth and accuracy, privacy and children.
# online media
Press Council wants to "embrace new as well as legacy media"
Chairman says the move of into the Council – a first for a major online publication – shows belief that best practice in journalism is ‘platform-neutral’.
# situation vacant
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.
# Leaving
The Press Ombudsman is retiring later this year
John Horgan will step down from the role in September.
# roma community
Ombudsman upholds complaint about article on 'parasitic' Roma beggars
The column claimed Roma beggars “look on this country as a giant stupid cow to be milked whenever they see fit”.
# extra extra
67pc increase in volume of complaints to Press Ombudsman
John Horgan’s report for 2012 shows two articles were responsible for a significant surge of complaints to his office.
# press council
Press Council defends record after Denis O'Brien libel action
O’Brien was awarded €150,000 in damages in relation to an article by journalist Paul Drury published in the Irish Daily Mail.
# Press Ombudsman
Press Ombudsman upholds Healy Eames complaint about Kenya trip
The Irish Daily Mail was found to have breached the Press Council code of ethics three times last August.
# Leveson
Independence of regulator from press and State crucial - Press Ombudsman
Ireland’s Press Ombudsman John Horgan appeared before the Leveson inquiry into media ethics yesterday to discuss press regulation.
# Leveson
Press Ombudsman to give evidence at Leveson inquiry
John Horgan will appear before the inquiry into media ethics in the UK next week.
# kate fitzgerald
Press Ombudsman upholds complaint by Kate Fitzgerald's family against Irish Times
The Press Ombudsman has decided the Irish Times was in breach of a principle of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines for a statement it published in December 2011.
# Media
'Odious practices' exposed by Leveson not present in Ireland - Rabbitte
The annual report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Press Ombudsman was launched in Dublin today with the Leveson inquiry featuring heavily.
# Media
BAI considering proposals over introduction of register of journalists' interest
Broadcast personnel with an editorial role in news and current affairs may have to provide details of financial and commercial relationships.
# media standards
Pat Rabbitte criticises descent of media into "corrosive cynicism"
The Minister for Communications was leading statements on media standards in the Seanad – and hearing concerns from senators about the future of the media in Ireland.