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Paraic O'Brien

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Paraic O'Brien is a reporter for Channel 4 News
Paraic O'Brien is a reporter for Channel 4 News

Paraic's investigations include the first TV report from inside the ranks of the English Defence League and an exposé of how the global online game Habbo Hotel was putting children at risk, resulting in a mass exodus of investors.

He was the first TV reporter on the ground in Brixton and Croydon as the riots broke out in 2011.

Before joining Channel 4 News he worked at the BBC as an investigations reporter for BBC London News and Newsnight on occasion.

Prior to that he was a community worker in Ireland and south London.

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video 22 August 2014 UK, Iraq

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How to counter extremist narrative of IS - video

Muslim leaders roundly condemn the murder of captive journalist James Foley by jihadi fighters - calling it totally abhorrent - and completely alien to Islam.

article 08 August 2014 World
News
Inside Europe's secret marijuana mountain

Channel 4 News visits Albania's onetime wild west, where marijuana producers were making billions of dollars in profit until the law, and the EU, caught up with them.

article 05 August 2014 World, France
African migrants clash in Calais
On the scene as African migrants clash in Calais - video

There have been three serious rioting incidents in Calais in the last 24 hours. Last night 51 people were injured as immigrants attacked each other in the French port. Channel 4 News was there.

video 30 July 2014 UK

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Bargain stores enjoy boom in business - video

Aldi and Lidl are enjoying an increase in business. Research has shown a 32 per cent sales boost in the last 12 weeks at Aldi - bringing it almost level in market share with posh store Waitrose.

video 28 July 2014 UK

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Passport strike due to 'desperate staff shortage' - video

Passport Office workers strike in protest at what they claim is a desperate shortage of staff. One family tells of their wait to see if they must cancel their holiday because of the industrial action.

article 19 July 2014 UK, Israel
News
Gaza protests: Thousands attend pro-Palestinian London demo

Thousands of protesters march through London calling for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and demanding "justice and freedom" for Palestine.

article 03 July 2014 UK
Sir Leon Brittan in 1985
Former mandarin has "no recollection" of paedophile dossier

The Home Office's most senior civil servant when Leon Brittan was home secretary tells Channel 4 News he has "no recollection at all" of a paedophile dossier handed to the Home Office in 1983.

article 02 July 2014 UK
Former home secretary Lord Brittan says he asked officials to look at papers alleging paedophile activity in Westminster, despite telling Channel 4 News in 2013 he could not
Leon Brittan: I was handed 'paedophile' dossier

Former home secretary Lord Brittan says he asked officials to look at papers alleging paedophile activity in Westminster, despite telling Channel 4 News in 2013 he could not "recollect" the dossier.

video 14 June 2014 World, Romania

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Behind the scenes: Paraic O'Brien returns to Romania - video

Catalina was one of hundreds of drug addicts, stricken by Aids and living in tunnels under Bucharest. Not long after meeting Paraic O'Brien, she died. Here he talks through the photos of her funeral.

video 13 June 2014 World, Romania

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Catalina 'wanted to die with family in the tunnels' - video

Cathy Newman interviews Paraic O'Brien about Catalina and how she told social workers that her dying wish was to die in the tunnels with "her family".

article 13 June 2014 World, Romania
News
Is death the only escape from life in Romania's tunnels?

Catalina was one of the main characters in our film about life in Bucharest's tunnels. After the film was shown, she died from Aids-related heart failure. Channel 4 News returned for her funeral.

article 12 June 2014 World, Romania
Catalina's funeral
For Catalina, a life lost in Bucharest's tunnels - preview

Our film from Bucharest's tunnels exposed the hell of hundreds of drug-addicted men, women and children. Catalina, who appears in the film, died recently. Paraic O'Brien went back for her funeral.

video 21 May 2014 UK

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Greens 'confident of more MEPs and council seats' -video

While Ukip soaks up attention ahead of the European elections, the Greens say they are confident of increasing their MEPs and council seats. C4 News talks to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

article 20 May 2014 World, Romania
The streets gangs of Bucharest, who live in the sewers
Beneath the streets of Romania's capital, a living hell

Deep under the streets of Bucharest - in Europe, in the 21st century - there is a network of tunnels and sewers that is home to hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse HIV and TB.

video 20 May 2014 World, Romania

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Behind the scenes: Paraic O'Brien and the King of the Sewers

Paraic O'Brien went to Bucharest to meet the people who live underground. Here he explains how it came about and what happened when he was there.

article 16 April 2014 Culture, Germany
Wolfgang Beltracchi at work
Portrait of the artist as a conman

Until he was exposed by using an incorrect pigment, Wolfgang Beltracchi was the world's most successful art forger. Channel 4 News meets the man whose forgeries are now valuable in their own right.

article 15 April 2014 UK, Romania
News
Searching for Constantine back home in Romania

Last October, Paraic O'Brien spent three days and two nights with Constantine Boboc, a Romanian living rough in London. Here, he goes to Romania to try and find him.

video 08 April 2014 UK

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'I was bullied,' says Police Federation chair - video

The outgoing chair of the Police Federation Steve Williams writes to the organisation's joint central committee claiming he was "gratuitously and cruelly bullied" by senior colleagues.

article 19 March 2014 UK, Canada
Alois Dvorzac, who died at Harmondsworth detention centre
'UK should be ashamed' over case of Alois Dvorzac

Baron Ramsbotham, a former chief inspector of prisons, asks the Home Office what it knew about the 84-year-old Canadian who died in handcuffs at Harmondsworth detention centre.