Rory Brady

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Rory Brady (20 August 1957 – 19 July 2010)[1] was an Irish barrister. He was Attorney General of Ireland from 2002 to 2007, and also served on the Council of State. Internationally, he sat on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.[1] He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in the United States,[1] and was tipped as a possible Supreme Court judge.[2]

Early life[edit]

Brady was born on 20 August 1957.[1] He sat his Leaving Certificate in Synge Street CBS in 1975. He studied law in University College Dublin, receiving a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree in 1978. Brady was a tutor in Business Law in the Faculty of Commerce at University College Dublin.[3]


In 1979, he was called to the Irish Bar at The Honorable Society of King's Inns; and by the Middle Temple in London in 1986. Brady was called to the Inner Bar of Ireland in 1996 and was chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland from October 2000 until June 2002. He thought the Personal Injuries Assessment Board was a "fatally flawed project".[4] On 6 June 2002 he was appointed as Attorney General by the President of Ireland, on the nomination of the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. He battled for an Indonesian child in the High Court,[5] and in January 2006, told the Health Service Executive to repay €48 million illegal fees it took from nursing home residents.[6][7][8] When "Mr A" was released the same year, Brady was vindicated.[9] He was also a member of other statutory bodies within Ireland, including the Courts Service Board (October 2000 to June 2002); the Censorship of Publications Board (which he chaired from December 2001 to June 2002); and the Garda Síochána Complaints Board (from April 2002 to June 2002). He left in 2007 in what was considered a surprise move,[1] becoming a barrister again,[1] and receiving a "golden parachute" package of approximately either €87,000[10] or more than €200,000.[11][12]

In 2008, he mediated between broadcaster Pat Kenny and a neighbour with whom he was in disagreement over land, successfully resolving the dispute after ten hours of discussions.[13] He later travelled to the United States to watch Bertie Ahern address the United States Congress in joint session in Washington, D.C..[14]

Brady died in July 2010, survived by his wife and two daughters. He had felt unwell for two years.[15] Incumbent Taoiseach Brian Cowen called him one of the "finest and most able barristers of his time", while former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said Brady was "a great Dubliner who had a strong affinity with his native city" and described him as "my closest and most trusted colleague at the cabinet table. He was never anything less than brilliant".[16] Ahern had been assisted by Brady in a defamation case.[1] Fine Gael's Charlie Flanagan stated that Brady had served "with distinction".[5] Hundreds of people, including politicians, attended his removal,[17][18] while his funeral was also well attended.[19] His interment was in Mount Jerome Cemetery.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Taylor, Charlie (19 July 2010). "Former AG Rory Brady dies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Dearbhail (9 October 2009). "Former AG tipped to be Supreme Court judge". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Rory Brady
  4. ^ "Injuries Board needs attention". Irish Independent. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Coulter, Carol (20 July 2010). "Tributes paid to former attorney general". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  6. ^ O'Regan, Eilish (11 November 2008). "€48m illegal fees still owed to care home residents". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  7. ^ O'Regan, Eilish (16 February 2009). "€48m refunds bring relief in nursing home cash scandal". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  8. ^ O'Regan, Eilish (30 November 2009). "Nursing-home residents finally get money back". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Brennan, Michael (5 December 2008). "Ex-civil servant appointed interim director". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Brennan, Michael and McDonagh, Patricia (1 October 2008). "McDowell bagged €50,000 'golden parachute' package". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Brennan, Michael (6 October 2009). "Ex-legal chief got €200,000 'golden parachute'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Remember: This is our money". Irish Independent. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pat Kenny to buy out disputed land in settlement with neighbours". The Irish Times. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Taoiseach Ahern, Bertie (4 May 2008). "'It was one of the best days of my life'". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Former Attorney General's funeral takes place". RTÉ News. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Death of former Attorney General Rory Brady". RTÉ News. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hundreds attend Rory Brady removal". RTÉ News. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  18. ^ McDonald, Dearbhail and Heffernan, Breda (22 July 2010). "Hundreds mourn 'truly remarkable' former AG". Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Smyth, Sam (23 July 2010). "Former AG was 'a working class boy made good'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  20. ^ O'Regan,Michael (22 July 2010). "Funeral of Rory Brady takes place". The Irish Times. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 


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Preceded by
Michael McDowell
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
Paul Gallagaher