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Ireland finally produced a Press Council following many years of discussion and debate. Much of this debate surrounded the issue of reforming defamation legislation. A Press Council was seen as a concession by newspaper proprietors in return for new libel laws. The Council as finally agreed included members representing civil society as well as journalists.
Foley, Michael, Finally: an ombudsman, press council and code of conduct for Ireland. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics. Vol 5. 2008