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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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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
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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.

article 18 March 2014 UK, Canada
Alois Dvorzac
Left to die in British detention: who was Alois Dvorzac?

He died in handcuffs while detained at Harmondsworth detention centre - an 84-year-old Canadian with Alzheimer's. Until now we only knew a name: Alois Dvorzac. But who was the man behind the tragedy?

article 18 February 2014 World, Romania
Fracking has sparked protests in Britain, but these look subdued compared with a campaign in Romania by peasant farmers, who are fighting their own government. Jim Wickens and Paraic O'Brien report.
Peasants' revolt - Romania at war with itself over fracking

Fracking has sparked protests in Britain, but these look subdued compared with a campaign in Romania by peasant farmers, who are fighting their own government. Jim Wickens and Paraic O'Brien report.

article 16 January 2014
In February last year an 84-year-old Canadian died in handcuffs after being detained at Harmondsworth detention centre in West London.
Harmondsworth death: who was Alois Dvorzac?

He was on a global quest to find his daughter, that ended in tragedy. How did an 84-year-old Canadian's flight to Slovenia end with his death while handcuffed in Britain?

article 20 December 2013 UK
Brixton radicals Linda Bellos Christian Wolmar Neil Kenlock Villa Road
What's left: the ghosts of Brixton's radical past

During the 70s and 80s Brixton played host to Black Panthers, militant squatters and revolutionary feminists - Channel 4 News meets the era's key players to find out what became of their revolution.

article 19 December 2013 UK
A jury at Woolwich Crown Court takes just over an hour to find Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, guilty of the soldier's murder.
British Islamists guilty of murdering Lee Rigby

As Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are found guilty of murdering Lee Rigby, the radical cleric who was Adebolajo's mentor after he converted tells Channel 4 News he is "proud" of what he did.

video 24 October 2013 UK, France

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Criminalising the niqab: the view from France - video

More than 700 fines have been issued to niqab-wearing women in France since the country banned public face coverings in 2011. How does it feel for law-abiding citizens suddenly to be criminalised?

video 04 October 2013 UK

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Life with the Roma... in the streets of London - video

Dancing, and surviving, in the streets: Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O'Brien spends three days and two nights with Roma immigrants in London.

video 22 August 2013 UK

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Is patchy broadband dividing Britain? - video

Are people in rural areas being left behind in the broadband age? Paraic O'Brien meets people in Cumbria who say it's affecting their businesses and prospects. #c4newspopup

article 20 August 2013 UK
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How Swindon became the top therapy town

As Channel 4 News visits Swindon as part of #c4newspopup, we take a look at how the local NHS has managed to get so many people to enter therapy to cope with depression and stress.

video 16 July 2013 UK

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Undercover cops stole 42 dead children's identities - video

Britain's top police officer apologises for the "shock and offence" caused after it emerges undercover cops stole the identities of 42 dead children in order to infiltrate extremist groups.

article 01 July 2013 World, South Africa
Red Tie Guy, real name Mikhail Hendricks, standing behind his hero Barack Obama
Who is #redtieguy?

One man's enthusiastic grin as he stands within inches of his hero Barack Obama has caught the imagination of the Twittersphere. Paraic O'Brien went in search of #redtieguy.

article 26 June 2013 UK
Special Branch officer Roger Pearce
'No attempt to smear Lawrence family' - video

Special Branch officer Roger Pearce refutes claims there were attempts to smear the family of the murdered black teenager, Stephen Lawrence. Paraic O'Brien reports, with analysis by Simon Israel.

video 14 June 2013 Syria

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What drives a man to fight a holy war? - video

What drove the university-educated Londoner Ibrahim al-Mazwagi to fight and die in Syria's civil war? What drove him to jihad and how many others are there like him in the UK?

video 27 May 2013 World, Hungary

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The rise of far-right politics in Hungary - video

Far-right Hungarian party Jobbik is one of the country's most successful political parties. It is anti-Semitic, anti-EU and anti-Roma and is described by some as the incarnation of the new Europe.

article 30 March 2013 World, Syria
News
Brown Moses: the British blogger tracking Syrian arms

A British blogger has been monitoring weapons used in the Syrian conflict, providing important analysis of the conflict for human rights groups - while working from his Leicester home.