REFERENDUM PROMISED – Senators  Ivana Bacik and   Jillian van Turnhout, voting in 2013 as members of the Convention on the Constitution to repeal  the Constitutional prohibition on  blasphemy Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Charlie Hebdo murders, and the revulsion they evoked are salutary reminders of the vital importance of a free press in a democratic society. But n(...)

The belated publication by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White of a framework for the regulation of media mergers and(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan  at the Department of Justice, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It began with an email containing the barest of details.Shortly before 10am on October 21st last, the Garda’s missing person bureau received a message(...)

Peter Feeney will replace retiring Press Ombudsman John Horgan in September. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Peter Feeney has been appointed the new Press Ombudsman and will replace Prof John Horgan when he retires in September.Mr Feeney has been a member of (...)

The fragmentation of media is putting a “huge premium” on quality journalism and best professional practice, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said,Speaking at(...)

Press Ombudsman John Horgan announced on Friday that he will retire on September 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Press Ombudsman Prof John Horgan announced yesterday that he will retire on September 1st. He has held the position since it was created, along(...)

The Press Council of Ireland decision to accept the as a member augurs well for the future of digital news providers in that it may lead(...)

UK culture secretary Maria Miller: praised for her ‘common sense’

The Royal Charter that the UK government had been attempting to introduce in Britain seems to be very nearly dead in the water, but just in case anyon(...)

“There is a clear obligation on the part of State officials dealing with sensitive material not to furnish 
or disclose
such information to the media.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The actions of the Garda and Health Service Executive in the removal of two Roma children from their homes has raised very serious issues. It is righ(...)

Dr Eoin O’Dell, chairman of the    Copyright Review Committee, which released its  Modernising Copyright report yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An expert committee has called on the Government to set up a statutory copyright council to protect copyright and said specialist courts should be est(...)