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Tuesday 12 April, 2005

W.H. Ireland Group

AGM Statement

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
12 April 2005


                             W H Ireland Group PLC

                                 AGM Statement

At the AGM of W H Ireland Group PLC, the Manchester based stockbroker, held
today, the Chairman, Sir David Trippier made the following statement on current
trading.

'I am pleased to report that our new financial year has started very well with
turnover up by 30% over the same four month period last year All areas of the
business are performing well. In particular, we have a strong pipeline of
Corporate Finance work and have already completed 11 introductions to AIM and 5
secondary placings.

Our stockbroking operations continue to expand. We have taken on more fee
earners, taking our total group staff numbers to 180. We have opened an office
in Kilmarnock, our first branch in Scotland and an additional office in  the
East Midlands, with further openings under negotiation. We continue to examine
acquisition opportunities to expand and broaden the base of the business.

With continued stable market conditions we anticipate a successful outcome for
the half year.'


Press enquiries:

W.H. Ireland Group plc               Tel: 020 7448 1000 (today)
Laurie Beevers, chief executive      Tel: 0161 832 6644 Mobile: 07903 164004
David Youngman, managing director    Tel: 0161 832 6644 Mobile: 07900 887142
Richard Lee, director                Tel: 0161 832 6644 Mobile: 07831 170298

Biddicks                             Tel: 020 7448 1000
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