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.

  • 17 Oct 2017

    A white supremacist active as recently as the start of this year says today he is publicly renouncing 40 years of hate. Speaking on Channel 4 News he comes out as gay for the first time – and admits to a violent past.

  • 11 Oct 2017

    The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has asked the leaders of Catalonia to clarify whether or not the region has declared independence. His demand could be the first move towards suspending Catalonia’s autonomy. But Mr Rajoy said he wanted to restore “certainty” and accused the Catalan President of having created “deliberate confusion”. Yesterday the Catalan…

  • 22 Sep 2017

    Kim Jong-un has deployed his considerable rhetorical firepower, with another swipe at Donald Trump. After he called the North Korean dictator a “rocket man on a suicide mission”, Kim Jong-un hit back, labelling the American President a “mentally deranged US dotard”. And it didn’t end there. But China has urged both sides to exercise restraint…

  • 20 Sep 2017

    Police investigating the bombing of a Tube train at Parsons Green in London have made two further arrests. The two men detained overnight in Newport, South Wales, were living in what neighbours said was a “halfway house” for asylum seekers. A third man was arrested in Newport yesterday, in addition to the two men arrested…

  • 18 Sep 2017

    Police are continuing to question two young men in connection with the Parsons Green attack. It’s thought they had both been fostered by the same couple in Sunbury-on-Thames. Officers have been searching the couple’s home, along with two other properties, as they continue their investigation into the Tube bomb attack.

  • 17 Sep 2017

    A 21-year-old man is now being questioned by police investigating Friday’s London tube bombing – while officers have begun searching a property in Stanwell in Surrey. An 18-year-old man arrested yesterday is still in custody and police are still investigating a property in Sunbury-on-Thames. Britain’s terror threat level, though, has now been lowered back down…

  • 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.

  • 14 Sep 2017

    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.

  • 12 Sep 2017

    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.

  • 29 Aug 2017

    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.

  • 28 Aug 2017

    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…

  • 24 Aug 2017

    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…

  • 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…

  • 21 Aug 2017

    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.

  • 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…