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 20 June 2015 World
News
Migrant crisis: from Eritrea across Europe by rail

As Europe's leaders argue over the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Paraic O'Brien travels with a family of Eritreans as it makes its way from Italy to Germany, encountering chaos on the way.

article 29 May 2015 World, Romania
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Death metal drummer saving Romania's addicts from HIV

Addicts in Bucharest shoot up as many as 30 times a day. Paraic O'Brien went to meet the death metal drummer who is trying to stem Romania's drugs and HIV epidemic.

article 26 May 2015 UK, Romania
News
At home with the 'king of the Roma gypsies'

Dorin Cioaba became king of the gypsies when his father died two years ago. Paraic OBrien meets the man who says Roma involved in crime in the UK should be deported.

article 01 May 2015 UK
News
Immigration Faultlines: 'under siege' in Slough

Amid feverish politicking over immigration in the election, the Asian residents of Alexandra Road, Slough, are having to come to terms with arrivals from eastern Europe, as Paraic O'Brien reports.

article 30 April 2015 UK
Ethelbert Road in Margate
Immigration Faultline: cheek by jowl on a street in Margate

Ethelbert Road in Margate is a truly globalised community, where immigrants and local Brits live side by side. Paraic O'Brien spent a week there, exploring the tensions around immigration.

video 09 February 2015 Culture

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Art made in China: but could you spot a fake work of art?

Could you tell an old master from a modern Chinese copy? Dulwich Picture Gallery sets up a challenge for visitors by planting a fake in among the genuine articles. Can you tell the difference?

video 06 February 2015 UK

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Penny wise? Poundland agrees to buy rival 99p Stores

Poundland is set to acquire rival 99p Stores for 55m - but apart from a very small price rise, what else will it mean for shoppers?

article 19 January 2015 UK
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Fighting extremism: anger inside British mosques

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, said there was more to be done to show that "faith in Islam can be part of British identity" and apparently struck a raw nerve among some Muslim leaders.

video 13 January 2015 Culture, United States

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Should the 'American Sniper' be seen as a war hero? - video

'American Sniper' directed by Clint Eastwood is the story of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle's four tours of Iraq, and his more than 200 so-called "kills." But was he a 'true American hero?'

video 29 December 2014 UK

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What do anarchists actually believe in? - video

Police are investigating over 100 alleged anarchist arson attacks around Bristol. Channel 4 News meets the Anarchist Federation, who say the city's radical culture is under threat.

article 27 October 2014 Romania
Into the heart of Romania's sex industry
Journey to the heart of Romania's sex industry

Romania is one of the top countries of origin for people being trafficked for sex into the UK. Paraic O'Brien meets one of the pimps - "lover boys" - who are the lynchpin of Romania's sex industry.

video 20 October 2014 Politics

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Why do Brits have concerns about EU migrants?

David Cameron has hit back over warnings about his plans to curb migration to the UK, saying: "the British people are my only boss." But what concerns do British people have about EU migration?

article 02 October 2014 UK
News
Second YouTube star accused of sexual assault by fans

After British YouTube celebrity Sam Pepper was accused of sexual assault, Channel 4 News has spoken to a woman alleging sexual assault by a second British YouTube star.

video 21 September 2014 UK

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Inside the badger cull: a whistleblower talks - video

Fraudulent activity and missed targets - as the latest badger cull gets underway, Channel 4 News speaks to a badger cull whistleblower.

video 07 September 2014 World, France

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Calais: inside a makeshift migrant camp - video

As anti-fascist protesters stand off with police in the French port of Calais and tensions over migrants gathering in the area escalate - Paraic O'Brien speaks to those inside one of the camps.

video 03 September 2014 UK

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Councillors heckled at meeting in Rotherham - video

Leaders of Rotherham Council have apologised to the families of over 1400 victims of sexual abuse. Deputy Leader Paul Larkin said the failings which lead to child abuse scandal were "inexcusable".

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.