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 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.

  • Published on 12 Sep 2017 Sections , ,

    It is, according to the International Trade Secretary, a cause for celebration that Britain exports weapons around the world. Liam Fox made his remarks on the opening day of one of the world’s biggest arms exhibitions, hosted here in the UK.

  • Published on 29 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    The actor Ed Skrein has stepped down from a role in the latest remake of the Hellboy cult comic series after he found out the character was originally of mixed Asian heritage.

  • Published on 28 Aug 2017 Sections

    Hundreds of thousands of revellers have taken to the streets of Notting Hill for the second day of carnival. A minute’s silence was held to remember the 80 known victims of the Grenfell Tower, which has remained fenced off from the main carnival procession out of respect for local residents and mourners. Paraic O’Brien met up with…

  • Published on 24 Aug 2017 Sections

    The number of people heading across the Mediterranean for European shores has also slowed down sharply in recent weeks. That’s at least partly because armed groups in Libya have been stopping boats before they set out. The risks mean NGOs are barely patrolling the area with rescue boats any more – so what’s happening on what…

  • Published on 22 Aug 2017

    First they pulled a seven-month-old baby alive from the rubble. Then firefighters found his two older brothers, working through the night to rescue the children after an earthquake damaged homes and buildings on the Italian island of Ischia. At least two people were killed in the quake, which struck yesterday evening on the popular holiday…

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections

    Prosecutors in England and Wales have been told to treat hate crimes committed on social media as seriously as any others. New guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service say hate crimes have a “corrosive effect on society”,  warning that the internet has provided new platforms for abusive behaviour.

  • Published on 18 Aug 2017

    He was the face of Saturday night television. His catchphrases, from ‘Nice to see you, to see you nice’ to ‘Didn’t he do well?’, were part of the national lexicon. Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89. Colleagues immediately paid tribute to his warmth, his wit, his generosity and charm. He was, said the BBC director general, one…

  • Published on 15 Aug 2017

    Rail commuters are used to an uncomfortable journey to work, but today was something else. Passengers were told to avoid the country’s busiest station, Waterloo, after a points failure and a train derailment, a Tube station had to be evacuated during the morning rush hour, and to cap it all, a train hit the buffers at London’s King’s Cross. So…

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    Aid agencies are warning deaths in the Mediterranean will increase after they suspended migrant rescue missions in response to what they said were threats from the Libyan government.  Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontiers and the German charity Sea-Eye pulled their ships back after Libya announced it was expanding its zone of control off the…

  • Published on 4 Aug 2017 Sections

    He will earn a cool half a million pounds a week. But the Brazilian forward Neymar says it’s sad that people think his record breaking £198 million transfer deal to join Paris Saint Germain was motivated by money. The 25-year-old player put on his new club colours for the first time in front of cheering…

  • Published on 31 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    England are through to the semi-finals of the Euro 2017 championships: the women’s team that is, after beating France this weekend in spectacular fashion. Thanks to unprecedented investment by the FA, female footballers say they’re getting further than ever before. In fact it’s been a summer of success across women’s sport, from cricket to tennis…

  • 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…