Claire Grady has stood down as Editor of the Irish Independent.

She is leaving Independent News and Media with immediate effect.

She was appointed to the role last year and was the first female editor of the newspaper.

Prior to being appointed, Ms Grady was editor of the Evening Herald newspaper.

Ian Mallon, Group Head of News at INM, will become Irish Independent editor on an interim basis.

The position will be advertised in the near future.