Policy Issues

 
 

NewsBrands Ireland believes that Irish national newspapers are vital to the democracy of our state and the literacy of people in Ireland, particularly younger people.

We represent the interests of our members on a wide range of industry issues including copyright, Vat, broadcasting, freedom of the press, advertising, privacy and the environment.

To read more about our position and work on any of these subjects please choose the relevant topic from the menu below.

Defamation

A free press remains the indispensable means of keeping the public informed and holding those in positions of power accountable. In Ireland, however, the level of awards in defamation cases presents a huge challenge to [...]

Environment

Ireland now enjoys one of the highest levels of newsprint recycling anywhere in the world with more than 89% of our newspapers and magazines recovered and recycled in 2011.  In 2002, our newsprint recycling rate [...]

Broadcasting

The media world has been transformed in recent years and the various media players are competing with each other, as never before. Newspapers and other private sector media companies now compete directly with broadcasters, including [...]

VAT

NewsBrands Ireland believe that newspapers should be zero rated for VAT in recognition of their unique role in a functioning democracy, as is the case in several European countries, for example the UK, Belgium, Norway [...]

Privacy

NewsBrands Ireland has always maintained the view that privacy legislation is the wrong way to provide protection for the individual’s right to privacy and we vehemently opposed the Privacy Bill published in 2006. The Irish [...]

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press must be safeguarded as a vital underpinning of a free society to allow newspapers and news media to fulfil their essential democratic role in questioning and holding up to account those [...]

Copyright

To satisfy on-going customer demands, changing reading habits and to serve readers on a multitude of platforms, Irish publishers continue to invest in new technologies and innovative delivery methods whilst maintaining investment in quality content.  [...]

Advertising

Advertising is the life blood of media and NewsBrands Ireland opposes the introduction of advertising restrictions on particular products or goods. The industry actively participates in the self regulatory model governing advertising and subscribes to [...]

VAT Submission for Oireachtas Committee on Budget 2015

Please find attached NewsBrands Ireland’s Vat submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on Budget 2015.  

NewsBrands Ireland & European Press Publishers Comment on Google’s Commitment Proposals to EC

Please find attached the views of European press publishers on Google’s second round of commitment proposals to the European Commission as part of the on-going EC investigation into certain business practices by Google . Also [...]

NNI Calls For Further VAT Reduction On Newspapers

Reduced rate of VAT reflects newspapers’ unique role in society and education VAT on newspapers “an unfair form of reading tax” says NNI National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) has urged the Minister for Finance to [...]

Advertising

Advertising is the life blood of media and NNI opposes the introduction of advertising restrictions on particular products or goods. The industry actively participates in the self regulatory model governing advertising and subscribes to various [...]

NNI’s Position On Copyright

To satisfy on-going customer demands, changing reading habits and to serve readers on a multitude of platforms, Irish publishers continue to invest in new technologies and innovative delivery methods whilst maintaining investment in quality content.  [...]