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.

  • 28 May 2018

    A man in his eighties died when his vehicle was submerged by flood waters in Walsall – after the Midlands was hit by exceptionally heavy rain. More than a month’s worth of rain deluged parts of Birmingham in a single hour. Dozens of flood alerts remain in force – with forecasters warning of some more…

  • 23 May 2018

    Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal has issued a video statement. Speaking to Reuters at an undisclosed location, she describes her shock at what happened to her and her father Sergei and asks for their privacy to be respected. Thanking the hospital staff who treated them, she goes on to say she does not “wish to…

  • 22 May 2018

    Voters go to the polls in Ireland on Friday for what will be the country’s sixth referendum on abortion in 35 years. There are perhaps few issues so intensely personal and yet so political too. This time the vote is on whether to repeal the eighth amendment, which enshrined in law the equal right to…

  • 18 May 2018

    Two and a half months after being poisoned, the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from hospital today. He’s been taken to an undisclosed location for the next stage of his recovery It’s not been announced whether he’ll be joining his daughter, Yulia, who was also exposed to the deadly nerve agent attack in…

  • 16 May 2018

    They’re the small Canadian company credited with helping to take Britain out of the EU. Today Aggregate IQ boss Jeff Silvester appeared before Parliament to answer questions about the firm’s role in the controversial Vote Leave campaign. It comes after this programme broadcast allegations that Vote Leave may have broken election rules when they donated…

  • 11 May 2018

    The Prime Minister has agreed to two experts sitting with Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick for phase two of the investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster. She had previously rejected calls for additional panel members.

  • 9 May 2018

    Facebook has blocked foreign adverts that target voters in Ireland’s upcoming abortion referendum. The referendum, being held on 25 May, could repeal the Republic’s Eighth Amendment, which currently upholds a near-total ban on abortions. In a statement, Facebook said: “as part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue…

  • 5 May 2018

    Surgeons have dismissed as “ridiculous” the apparent suggestion by Donald Trump that guns could help deal with violent crime in London. The US President told a pro-gun rally in Texas that one hospital in the capital is like a “war-zone” because of this year’s spate of fatal stabbings. A trauma specialist from the Royal London…

  • 23 Apr 2018

    The anniversary of the death of the teenager Stephen Lawrence will be marked every year with a national day to commemorate his life and legacy. As Theresa May announced the new Stephen Lawrence Day, his father Neville said his son’s memory would be enshrined in history. Stephen’s murder 25 years ago brought about a watershed…

  • 5 Apr 2018

    It’s the small Canadian data firm credited with helping to take Britain out of the EU. But now Aggregate IQ are at the centre of another political storm – after this programme broadcast allegations that Vote Leave cheated. At question: more than half a million pounds paid to Aggregate IQ in the final weeks of…

  • 22 Mar 2018

    In New York today, there was another mea culpa moment from a Facebook boss. Their head of news partnerships was talking about fake news but started with addressing the very real crisis of trust in the platform itself. Paraic O’Brien was there and reports from New York.

  • 21 Mar 2018

    In the US, many questions linger over the role played by Cambridge Analytica in the election in 2016 of President Donald Trump, with demands by investigators that Alexander Nix be recalled to face further questioning before Senate and House committees. The President’s re-election campaign, Trump 2020, says it won’t be working with the data company…

  • 16 Mar 2018

    An 18-year-old who came to this country from Iraq as a child asylum seeker has been convicted of attempted murder for placing a bomb which partially exploded on a packed London Underground train. He’d made the bomb at home, using materials he’d ordered on the internet and paid for with a voucher he’d won as…

  • 15 Mar 2018

    In Syria – a massive military onslaught last night has led to the exodus of thousands of civilians from a town in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region just outside the capital, Damascus. Its a grim marker of seven years since the start of the conflict.

  • 8 Mar 2018

    The Syrian army says it’s on the verge of cutting through the surrounded, rebel-held area of east Ghouta near the capital Damascus. According to human rights groups, more than 900 civilians have been killed there in the last 18 days and the Red Cross has held back an aid convoy because of the intense fighting.…