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Thursday 27 October, 2005

W.H. Ireland Group

Scrip Dividend Election

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
27 October 2005


                             W.H. Ireland Group plc
                            ('WHI' or the 'Company')
                                        
                            Scrip dividend election


The board of the Company announces the following information in relation to the 
ordinary share capital of the company:

Scrip Dividend

Elections to accept the scrip dividend alternative (as announced on 7 September
2005  and as set out in the circular to shareholders dated 20 March 2003) have
been received from the holders of 2,518,703 ordinary shares of 5p each
('Shares') in aggregate,  representing approximately 15.75 % of the existing
issued ordinary share capital.

Accordingly, 24,987 new Shares were issued in satisfaction of such elections, 
bringing the enlarged issued ordinary share capital to 16,016,385. The cost to
the Company of the dividend made in cash amounts to approximately £168,408 in
total.  Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for admission to
trading on  AIM of the 24,987 new Shares. Dealings are expected to commence and
CREST member  accounts are expected to be credited on 28 October 2005 at 8.00am.


Enquiries:

Derek Ashford                                                    0161 832 2174
Finance Director





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