Paraic O'Brien


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 6 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    Just hours before his briefing by the US intelligence agencies on the hacking of Democrat email accounts, Donald Trump called the claims a “political witch-hunt”.

  • Published on 5 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    The heads of America’s intelligence agencies versus the man about to become their commander in chief. According to Donald Trump he hasn’t seen any evidence that Russia interfered in the US election. Putting him at odds with intelligence chiefs and leading members of his own party, like Senator John McCain, who called Russian hacking “an…

  • Published on 22 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    The Amish of America famously shun television, cars, mobile phones, glitz, glamour or any hint of celebrity. So how come so many of them like the embodiment of all the above – President-elect Trump?

  • Published on 21 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    It’s less than a month now before climate change sceptic Donald Trump takes over the White House.He won the US presidential election partly on a platform of using more fossil fuels with fewer environmental rules. Now President Obama has announced climate protections which his successor might not be able to reverse.

  • Published on 17 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    US President-elect Donald Trump says he’s a “smart guy”, but one of his latest tweets – about China “stealing” a US Navy research drone from international waters – betrayed, at best, a lack of care about spelling.

  • Published on 16 Dec 2016 Sections , ,

    The US president-elect Donald Trump has again dismissed any suggestions that Russia tried to swing the election in his favour. President Obama warned of retaliation against any attempt to interfere with the integrity of the poll, saying Vladimir Putin was “well aware” of his feelings.

  • Published on 13 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    The globe-trotting boss of a giant energy firm with substantial interests in Russia is in line to become America’s next secretary of State, as Donald Trump named Exxon-Mobil chief Rex Tillerson as his choice.

  • Published on 12 Dec 2016 Sections , ,

    The row over alleged Russian “interference” in the US presidential elections is showing no sign of abating. While Barack Obama has ordered a full investigation, a call that is backed by a bi-partisan group of senators, President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the claims as “ridiculous”.

  • Published on 7 Dec 2016 Sections , , ,

    A sadly more familiar tragedy continues to unfold in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Rebels today withdrew from the old city, allowing government forces to move in. But tens of thousands of civilians are still trapped in the remaining rebel-held areas – the rebels now virtually admitting defeat and calling for a five-day ceasefire to…

  • Published on 6 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    “Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed”. That was the grim warning today from the Russian Foreign Minister to Syrian rebels and residents remaining in East Aleppo.

  • Published on 5 Dec 2016 Sections , ,

    To Syria now, where fighting has again intensified around the city of Aleppo. Government forces have attempted to drive deeper into opposition- held areas close to the old city, while rebels have fired mortar shells – killing two Russian nurses working in a battlefield hospital.

  • Published on 2 Dec 2016 Sections

    If Richmond is a Remain stronghold, Romford, on the other side of the capital, was very much part of the Leave tide in June.

  • Published on 30 Nov 2016 Sections

    Basildon in Essex is the ultimate political bellwether town, having voted for the winning party at each General Election since it became a constituency in 1974. Earlier this year it set the trend for the country once again, as it voted to leave the EU. The film maker in this report is CJ Clarke.   …

  • Published on 21 Nov 2016 Sections , ,

    He’s a 62 year old French MP whose campaign slogan vowed to slash half a million public sector jobs over the next five years. This is former prime minister Francois Fillon, the man most likely to become the centre right’s presidential candidate, after winning a landslide in this weekend’s primary.

  • Published on 20 Nov 2016 Sections ,

    In Aleppo the airstrikes continue – a whole family is killed in the east of the city by a barrel bomb while at least eight children die in government held west Aleppo after a school was hit by rebel shelling.