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W.H. Ireland Group (WHI)

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Wednesday 26 April, 2006

W.H. Ireland Group

Scrip Dividend Election

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
26 April 2006


                             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 20 February 
2006 and as set out in the circular to shareholders dated 20 March 2003) have 
been received from the holders of 3,965,126 ordinary shares of 5p each ('Shares') 
in aggregate, representing approximately 24.67% of the existing issued ordinary 
share capital.

Accordingly, 59,798 new Shares were issued in satisfaction of such elections, 
bringing the enlarged issued ordinary share capital to 16,131,401. The cost to 
the Company of the dividend made in cash amounts to approximately £301,281 in 
total.

Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for admission to trading 
on AIM of the 59,798 new Shares. Dealings are expected to commence and CREST 
member accounts are expected to be credited on 28 April 2006 at 8.00am.


Enquiries:

Derek Ashford                                                     0161 832 2174
Finance Director





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