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 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    A funeral has been held in Salerno, Italy, for 26 young Nigerian women who died at sea, but only two of the women have so far been identified. They died when the boats they were travelling in sank off the coast of Libya. Salerno’s prosecutor’s office said that around 100 migrants died when the boats…

  • Published on 10 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Roy Moore, the controversial Republican candidate for a vacant Alabama Senate seat, has been accused of  historical sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The allegation comes just four weeks before the vote. Mr Moore, who was backed by President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon for he candidacy, has denied the allegation. His campaign has gone into full attack…

  • Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The Syrian army says it has recaptured the strategic city of Deir al-Zour. The city had been held by the extremist Islamic State group for the last three years and was its last major position in Syria after recently losing control of Raqqa. Iraqi forces say they’ve also seized control of a crucial border crossing…

  • Published on 30 Oct 2017 Sections

    The actor Kevin Spacey is facing an outcry from the LGBT community – after he came out in the wake of allegations that he made a sexual approach towards a 14-year-old boy in 1986. The actor made a statement on social media after Anthony Rapp revealed details of the alleged incident – saying it had…

  • Published on 26 Oct 2017 Sections

    Police investigating the proscribed terror group ‘National Action’ have charged a man with encouragement to commit murder. Christopher Lythgoe has also been charged with membership of the organisation.

  • Published on 25 Oct 2017 Sections , ,

    Kenya could be heading for political chaos tonight after the Opposition leader called for a ‘resistance movement’ to refuse to vote just hours ahead of tomorrow’s re-run of the Presidential election. Earlier, its Supreme Court had said it couldn’t rule on a petition to delay the election process because not enough judges turned up. Human…

  • Published on 19 Oct 2017 Sections , , ,

    Theresa May tried to thaw relations with EU leaders was to write an open message on social media today to EU citizens in the UK, all 3.2 million of them.  

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections

    A white supremacist active as recently as the start of this year says today he is publicly renouncing 40 years of hate. Speaking on Channel 4 News he comes out as gay for the first time – and admits to a violent past.

  • Published on 11 Oct 2017 Sections

    The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has asked the leaders of Catalonia to clarify whether or not the region has declared independence. His demand could be the first move towards suspending Catalonia’s autonomy. But Mr Rajoy said he wanted to restore “certainty” and accused the Catalan President of having created “deliberate confusion”. Yesterday the Catalan…

  • Published on 22 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    Kim Jong-un has deployed his considerable rhetorical firepower, with another swipe at Donald Trump. After he called the North Korean dictator a “rocket man on a suicide mission”, Kim Jong-un hit back, labelling the American President a “mentally deranged US dotard”. And it didn’t end there. But China has urged both sides to exercise restraint…

  • Published on 20 Sep 2017 Sections

    Police investigating the bombing of a Tube train at Parsons Green in London have made two further arrests. The two men detained overnight in Newport, South Wales, were living in what neighbours said was a “halfway house” for asylum seekers. A third man was arrested in Newport yesterday, in addition to the two men arrested…

  • Published on 18 Sep 2017

    Police are continuing to question two young men in connection with the Parsons Green attack. It’s thought they had both been fostered by the same couple in Sunbury-on-Thames. Officers have been searching the couple’s home, along with two other properties, as they continue their investigation into the Tube bomb attack.

  • Published on 17 Sep 2017 Sections

    A 21-year-old man is now being questioned by police investigating Friday’s London tube bombing – while officers have begun searching a property in Stanwell in Surrey. An 18-year-old man arrested yesterday is still in custody and police are still investigating a property in Sunbury-on-Thames. Britain’s terror threat level, though, has now been lowered back down…

  • Published on 15 Sep 2017

    A huge counter-terrorism operation is now under way at  Parsons Green in west London,after this morning’s explosion on board a crowded Tube train. Witnesses described the panic as a “huge fireball” went off,  sending a “wall of flame” through the carriage. Twenty-nine people were hurt, none seriously. Police are searching for the person who planted the device, which reportedly contained a timer.

  • Published on 14 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    The Home Office has been accused of ignoring a last-minute court order to return an Afghan deportee to the UK. News of the ruling came through as Samim Bigzad was waiting in Turkey for a connecting flight to Kabul, but he was put on the plane to Afghanistan anyway.