Sean Donlon

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Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) with Press Council chairman Seán Donlon and press ombudsman Peter Feeney. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A “real crisis” in news media is contributing to errors in coverage, according to press ombudsman Peter Feeney. Mr Feeney said there was “a constant (...)

John Hume’s wife Pat pictured in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere of ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ last November. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Last Sunday, residents of the small town of Springfield, Massachusetts gathered for a screening of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s In the Name of Peace: John Hu(...)

Press ombudsman  Peter Feeney and Seán Donlon, chairman of the Press Council. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The unaccountability of social media companies is a specific threat to press freedom in the State, the chairman of the Press Council has said. Speaki(...)

Official files are released for public viewing after 30 years at the National Archives in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

For some years now there has been an anomaly when considering diplomatic records in Anglo-Irish relations. The British are moving incrementally towar(...)

Northern secretary Tom King (left) with minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan in Dublin in September 1987. Irish officials reckoned King had “moved a considerable distance” since his “appallingly bad” start. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

1987 was an election year in both the Republic and in Britain: Charles Haughey returned to the Taoiseach’s office in March and Margaret Thatcher forme(...)

Press Council chair Seán Donlon: more than 50 per cent of Irish people now receive their news via social media, Mr Donlon told a meeting of the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The press in Ireland is threatened today as never before, the chair of the Press Council, Seán Donlon, has said. Addressing a meeting of the Associat(...)

Kevin Myers was sacked as a ‘Sunday Times’ columnist following a recent article. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A review by the Sunday Times in London as to how the controversial column by journalist Kevin Myers came to be published is expected to be completed l(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney with Minister or Communications Denis Naughten and   Press Council of Ireland chairman Sean Donlon  at the  launch of the Press Council of Ireland Annual Report 2016. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimmons

Press freedom in Ireland is threatened by the relentless growth of social media and by the disproportionately large financial awards made against news(...)

Former US president Barack Obama receives his bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception  in 2012. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

While the first St Patrick’s Day meeting in the White House between a US president and a taoiseach took place back in 1956, it has only become an annu(...)

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