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Judged to be an excellent editor, his legacy was somewhat marred when the paper suffered financial problems in his final year as editor. In 2002, he was succeeded by Geraldine Kennedy, the first female national daily newspaper editor in Ireland.
His book on his career, Up with the Times, was published in October 2005.
Brady is also Visiting Professor, John Jay College, City University of New York; Senior Teaching Fellow, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, and Chairman, The British-Irish Association and Committee Member.
His books featuring Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow include A June of Ordinary Murders and The Eloquence of the Dead.
- "Brady to step down after 16 years as Irish Times editor". Irish Independent. August 1, 2002.