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Online Safety Regulation

Spotlight on Ireland

The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Act 2022 was enacted on 10th December 2022. OSMR amends the Broadcasting Act 2009, dissolving the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to establish a new media regulator Coimisiún na Meán (CNM).

CNM as Ireland’s new media authority will be responsible for overseeing the regulation of broadcasting and Video-on-Demand and for introducing the new regulatory framework for online safety. CNM will work closely with their counterparts in other EU States and the European Commission and will have a leading role in Ireland, where many large online businesses have their EMEA headquarters.

Coimisiún na Meán’s Programme of Work


In June 2023, CNM has established its first programme of work, setting out their mission to “ensure a thriving, diverse and safe online and media landscape”.

This work programme will run until February 2024, at which point CNM will begin enforcement of the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) in addition to the functions it has under the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the OSMR Act 2022.

Online Safety


CNM has responsibility for regulating the many large online platforms and search engines that have their EMEA headquarters established in Ireland.

Working closely with regulatory counterparts in the EU and the European Commission, they will protect the interests of users across the EU in relation to platforms based in Ireland, as well as protecting Irish users in relation to platforms based elsewhere.

To find out more about CNM and online safety download the full article.


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