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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 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
News
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.

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.