Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers is to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that a €1.25 million libel award to c(...)

Katherine Boyle, of Prosperous, Co Kildare at the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

A journalist has refused before the High Court to reveal his sources for an article about a prison worker found to have a mobile telephone in her bra-(...)

‘The core requirement here is that any system of accountability should enhance rather than diminish public trust in the media’s ability to do its job.’

The High Court clarification yesterday, although it might have been anticipated by lawyers, is an important landmark in the freedom of the press, whic(...)

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney at launch of the annual report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman yesterday. Mr Feeney said that journalists risked becoming irrelevant by failing to maintain standards of accuracy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Journalists risk becoming increasingly irrelevant and losing readers’ trust by failing to maintain standards of fairness and accuracy, the Press Ombu(...)

Ed McCann joined Independent News and Media in 2003

Ed McCann has been appointed as the new group managing editor of Independent News and Media in place of Michael Denieffe, who is retiring after 45 yea(...)

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(...)