Paraic O'Brien , Correspondent

Paraic O'Brien is a Correspondent for Channel 4 News.

Paraic's investigations include the multi-award winning "Bruce Lee, King of Romania's Sewers", a searing film about the subterranean life of Bucharest's drug addicts. His expose of how the global online game Habbo Hotel was putting children at risk, resulted in a mass exodus of investors. His investigation into the death of Alois Dvorzac in a British detention centre exposed serious flaws in the immigration system.

He was the first TV reporter on the ground in Brixton and Croydon as the riots broke out in 2011. He also once had a minor altercation with Russell Brand.

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.

  • Published on 12 Jul 2017

    The House of Lords says that far from deterring people smugglers, Europe’s naval operation in the Mediterranean has actually encouraged it, putting migrants in even more peril. Meanwhile, the Human Trafficking Foundation has condemned Britain for failing to protect unaccompanied children who end up in Europe, often falling victim to traffickers. Paraic O Brien reports…

  • Published on 4 Jul 2017

    This week and last, we’ve been reporting on the migrant crisis across the Mediterranean and the political tensions faced by countries like Italy, where many of the arrivals are landed. The people smugglers are a major part of that desperate equation – both along the North African shores and as the migrants set off out…

  • Published on 3 Jul 2017

    We’ve been filming out at sea with migrants off the Libyan coast, and witness a tense stand-off between the coastguard and the charity rescue boat which our team was travelling on. We ask whether the charities who rescue people are effectively encouraging more to make that dangerous voyage by sea. A warning: there are distressing…

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017 Sections

    Italy has threatened to stop foreign boats carrying migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea from docking in its ports unless other EU countries do more to help. It comes amid a surge in arrivals in recent days, as we reported last night from aboard a German rescue vessel. Tonight we hear from the migrants…

  • Published on 27 Jun 2017

    In recent days, calming seas in the Mediterranean have seen a huge rise in the number of people attempting the perilous crossing from north Africa to Europe. Aid agencies have rescued thousands of the migrants and refugees who have been crammed on to often barely seaworthy boats run by smugglers and criminal gangs. For the…

  • Published on 26 May 2017 Sections , , ,

    The US military has revealed that it killed three senior Islamic State officials in attacks this month. Contrary to what Jeremy Corbyn has said, a senior US Colonel has told Channel 4 News that in Iraq and Syria the war on terror is working. But as the noose tightens around IS strongholds, the number of…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections ,

    The social media giant Facebook is facing new scrutiny over the way it moderates potentially harmful or dangerous content, after its secret guidelines for staff and moderates were leaked to the press, revealing huge inconsistencies over issues like violence, sexual images and hate speech. The company says with such a diverse global community there will…

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections , ,

    Air Force One is about to take off tonight, carrying Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia on his first trip overseas since he became President – for a summit in Saudi Arabia with Arab and Muslim leaders. Iran won’t be there, though, nor its close ally Syria. Today relations were complicated still further, as the Syrians…

  • Published on 16 May 2017 Sections

    They have left everything they knew and they have risked everything they have: now thousands of migrants trying to make it to Europe are getting caught up in the terrifying grip of people smuggling and extortion. This programme has obtained dramatic footage, captured by filmmaker Marco Salustro, showing the gangs who intercept migrant vessels at sea…

  • Published on 13 May 2017

    The numbers of people travelling to Europe across the Mediterranean has dropped, but deaths remain high.

  • Published on 3 May 2017

    Loneliness is something we usually associate with older generations, but new research commissioned by the Jo Cox Commission, set up to continue the work of the late MP, suggests 35 year old men feel it the most.

  • Published on 2 May 2017 Sections

    It’s been dubbed the most epic fail in concert history: rich young millennials forking out up to $12,000 to hang out with super models and music stars on a luxury island in the Bahamas – only to find none of it was there.

  • Published on 1 May 2017

    Thousands of people have taken to the streets in rival May Day rallies across France – days before the presidential elections. Scuffles broke out as some protestors hurled petrol bombs at police, who fired tear gas in response. The two candidates – centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far right’s Marine Le Pen – took aim…

  • Published on 30 Apr 2017 Sections ,

    The US President Donald Trump has celebrated his first hundred days among his staunchest supporters – starting with a familiar theme: bashing the news media.

  • Published on 29 Apr 2017 Sections ,

    All 27 EU leaders have spoken with one voice: taking just 15 minutes to agree a tough stance on Brexit at today’s special summit in Brussels.