What next for Paul Williams?

County Leitrim crime reporterand former Longford News journalist, Paul Williams (46), is now facing an uncertain future following the abrupt closure of the News of the World on Thursday last.

County Leitrim crime reporterand former Longford News journalist, Paul Williams (46), is now facing an uncertain future following the abrupt closure of the News of the World on Thursday last.

Widely regarded as Ireland’s most high profile crime correspondent, Williams joined the News of the World in 2010 after 23 years at the Sunday World.

Paddy Power is now speculating on which publication the Ballinamore native will write for next. They have made The Irish Sun their 4/5 favourite with the odds on Williams returning to the Sunday World just 5/1.

Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “With rumours of a Sunday Sun in the pipeline it’s likely Paul will just continue writing as part of News International. He is a big name however so we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him being lured elsewhere!”

Other odds on favourites are The Irish Independent 15/8, the Irish Mirror 8/1, the Irish Star 8/1, The Irish Times 10/1, The Sunday Business Post 12/1, The Evening Herald 16/1, the Sunday Times 16/1, VIP 25/1, The Economist 50/1, The Financial Times 50/1 and the Racing Post 100/1.

Alongside his newspaper career, Williams is also the author of best selling crime boss expose The General and the Untouchables (2006). In addition to this a six part TV series on the history of the Criminal Assets Bureau by Williams began on TV3 in January 2008. It won Best Documentary at that year’s TV Now Awards.