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.

  • 1 Mar 2018

    The resurgence of movements inspired by Fascism have been very much part of Italy’s chaotic electoral campaign. The combination of a struggling economy and the mass influx of migrants and refugees in recent years have created fertile ground for ultra-nationalistic rhetoric. Channel 4 News spent time with a tiny but ambitious political party called CasaPound which…

  • 27 Feb 2018

    It’s a town that used to house 60,000 people. Now Arbin in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta has just a few thousand inhabitants left. And for the majority of those, the only place to try to escape the artillery and air strikes is underground, sheltering in basements and tunnels. The conditions are desperate.

  • 26 Feb 2018

    From 9am until 2pm, the guns will fall silent, according to the man literally calling the shots apparently over Eastern Ghouta now – President Putin of Russia. It’s a long way from the 30-day ceasefire without delay demanded by the UN Security Council. But better than non-stop fighting There will also be the much talked…

  • 16 Feb 2018

    Six defendants, including three prominent journalists, have been jailed for life by a Turkish court, accused of involvement in the failed 2016 coup. Their lawyer said they would appeal, calling the verdict “a decision where freedoms of expression and thought have been destroyed”. More than 38,000 people are currently in jail, as part of the…

  • 14 Feb 2018

    A stark reminder of the risks of rough sleeping, just yards from parliament’s door. A homeless man was found dead in Westminster Tube station underpass after last night’s freezing weather. Jeremy Corbyn, whose team are thought to have helped the man in the past, said the “powerful can’t keen walking by on the other side”.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    We have been looking at another concern raised by former Oxfam head of safeguarding, Helen Evans – the safety of children volunteering in charity shops across the country’s high streets. She told us she had repeatedly flagged concerns to Oxfam and to outside authorities about allegations of child abuse in the charity’s shops.

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called on her to help the Rohingya refugees. Mr Johnson said Burmese authorities should fully investigate the violence against the Rohingya minority and create the ‘right conditions’ for them to return to their homes in Rakhine state. More than 620, 000 Rohingya…

  • 1 Feb 2018

    At the time he was caught by a crowd of onlookers Darren Osborne shouted “I want to kill all Muslims – I did my bit” – yet he had denied murder and attempted murder in court. Today it took the jury just an hour to find him guilty. Osborne killed 51-year-old Makram Ali and injured…

  • 30 Jan 2018

    The man accused of driving a van through Muslim worshippers outside a London mosque has denied he was behind the wheel. Darren Osborne denies injuring nine people and killing a  51-year-old man in Finsbury Park last June. But he told the court that he and two others had originally planned to target Labour leader Jeremy…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    A loyalist “supergrass” who admitted the murders of five people has had his jail term slashed to six-and-a-half years for helping the police. Gary Heggarty was originally given a 35-year sentence for his crimes but turned state witness in 2009 and provided information on 55 murders in Northern Ireland, although the information only led to…

  • 26 Jan 2018

    An apology, of sorts, from Donald Trump, and that doesn’t happen often. In a television interview with Piers Morgan, the President said he would apologise for retweeting a series of videos by a British far-right group, insisting he “knew nothing” about them. Mr Trump was speaking from the Swiss resort of Davos, where he’s been…

  • 24 Jan 2018

    Such was the public rage over the men-only fundraiser where guests mixed with paid female hostesses that one of the organisers stepped down from his role on a government apprenticeship board. Some of the charities who benefited said they’d be sending back the money raised. And now the Presidents Club, which ran the event, is…

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Scotland Yard says officers are now investigating another allegation of historical sexual assault, thought to involve the black cab rapist John Worboys. It’s emerged that Worboys was moved to London’s  Belmarsh Prison over the weekend, prompting outrage from lawyers, who said it was “extremely distressing” for his victims.

  • 19 Jan 2018

    In the United States, the government is lurching towards a financial shutdown unless a last-minute deal can be reached. The chaos on Capitol Hill is perhaps a fitting metaphor for Donald Trump’s first year in office – a  year which has seen controversy after controversy, some broken promises but other ones delivered. His approval rating…

  • 18 Jan 2018

    “The Wall is The Wall” and Mexico will pay for it. Remember the line? Donald Trump repeated it this morning, pushing back against his chief of staff John Kelly, who’d suggested the President’s position has ‘evolved’. Mixed messages aside, that wall, cuts to legal immigration and ‘extreme vetting’ of those arriving, are changing lives across…