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W.H. Ireland Group (WHI)

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Thursday 26 May, 2005

W.H. Ireland Group

Statement re. Press Comment

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
26 May 2005

              WH Ireland Group plc ('WH Ireland' or 'the Company)

The Company notes recent press articles in the West Australian Business News in
Perth, Australia and in The Times,  linking WH Ireland with D.J.Carmichael Pty
Limited ('DJC'). The Company is pleased to announce that talks are taking place
which may or may not result in WH Ireland acquiring a majority stake in the
equity of DJC and that a further announcement will be made in due course.

For further information, please contact:-

Richard E.M. Lee                W.H. Ireland Group plc       Tel:  0161 832 6644

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