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.

  • 6 Sep 2018

    India’s top court has handed down a landmark victory for gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. A law dating back to British colonial rule – which made gay sex a criminal offence punishable by up to ten years in prison – has been struck down.

  • 26 Aug 2018

    Irish survivors of Catholic abuse who held a private meeting with the Pope yesterday have said he appeared to have no knowledge of the notorious Magdalene Laundries, where women who had children outside marriage were locked up and their babies taken from them.

  • 25 Aug 2018

    Pope Francis may have a global reputation for humility and integrity. Even so, he has his work cut out in an Ireland that has stepped over the shadow of deference. Irish society has changed fundamentally and abuse scandals have shredded the church’s moral authority. Pope Francis did address that in today’s visit – speaking of…

  • 25 Aug 2018

    The last time a Pope visited Ireland, it was John Paul II in 1979. Almost half the population turned out to see him. Back then around nine out of ten Irish Catholics would attend weekly mass. Contraception, divorce and abortion were illegal. It will be a very different Ireland Pope Francis will visit this time. While there…

  • 17 Aug 2018

    At the Detroit church where she first played the piano, at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and at her childhood home in Memphis, fans have gathered to remember Aretha Franklin, laying flowers and tributes in her honour. In Detroit, where the singer spent most of her life, she had become their favourite daughter. Few people,…

  • 16 Aug 2018

    It is a city in the shadow of gun violence: a city where 345 people have been murdered so far this year – the majority of them, killed by guns.

  • 13 Aug 2018

    They had planned to march on Washington DC … white nationalists displaying a show of force, to mark one year since their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.They had planned to march on Washington DC. White nationalists displaying a show of force, to mark one year since their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But just a handful turned up for last night’s ‘Unite The Right’ demonstration – overwhelmed by thousands of counter-protesters.

  • 12 Aug 2018

    The former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman has claimed the Trump administration is “one where everybody lies” – and released a secret tape she recorded of Chief of Staff John Kelly as he fired her from her job inside the Situation Room. Earlier, President Trump described Ms Newman as “lowlife” – after she described…

  • 9 Aug 2018

    The administration has imposed fresh sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March.

  • 7 Aug 2018

    Rick Gates, a high-ranking former member of Trump’s campaign team, has admitted in federal court that he committed financial crimes with his former boss, Paul Manafort.  

  • 6 Aug 2018

    President Trump is facing an investigation into Russian involvement in the election two years ago by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He’s been talking about it on Twitter – and one tweet in particular seems to be causing more trouble that most.

  • 2 Aug 2018

    In Italy, two months after the formation of a populist coalition government in which they share power with the Five Star Movement, the Lega party have been staging their annual convention.

  • 17 Jul 2018

    He was the lazy-voiced singer/songwriter whose ear-splitting guitar provided the soundtrack to a generation. Kurt Cobain died aged 27 in 1994, but had already come to personify the grunge sound and ethos that stage-dived out of Seattle in the late 1980s. He left behind a toddler daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who we caught up with…

  • 6 Jul 2018

    More than a hundred police officers are scouring the area around Salisbury and Amesbury, searching for a small container that’s feared to be contaminated with the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley are in critical condition in hospital after it’s thought they came into contact with the substance. We have been talking…

  • 5 Jul 2018

    Our correspondent, Paraic O’Brien, is in Amesbury.