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CRH announces Board appointments - January 2004

19 January 2004

The Board of CRH plc is pleased to announce the co-option to the Board today, 19 January 2004, of Mr. Jan Maarten de Jong and Mr. Terry Neill as non-executive Directors, and of Mr. Declan Doyle as an executive Director.

Jan Maarten de Jong (58), who is a Dutch national, is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V. Until January 2002 he was a member of the Managing Board of ABN Amro Bank N.V. and he continues to be a Special Advisor to the Board of ABN Amro. He also holds a number of other directorships of European companies including Cementbouw Handel & Industrie Holdings B.V. - in which CRH acquired 45% of the equity as part of the Cementbouw transaction which was completed in October 2003.

Terry Neill (58) was, until August 2001, Senior Partner in Accenture and had been Chairman of Accenture/Andersen Consulting's global Board. From 1980 to 1986 he was Managing Partner of Andersen Consulting's practice in Ireland. He is currently Chairman of Meridea Oy, a joint venture based in Finland between Nokia and Accenture, and of the UK and Group Boards of AMT-Sybex, a software and professional services company. He is a member of the Governing Body of the London Business School and of the Advisory Board of Trinity College Dublin Business School.

Declan Doyle (57) has been Managing Director, Europe Materials, since January 2003. He joined CRH in 1968 and has held a number of senior management positions within the Group. Prior to his appointment as head of the Europe Materials division he was Regional Director with responsibility for Poland and Ukraine.

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Liam O’Mahony Chief Executive
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