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Board change at CRH

26 April 2006

Mr. John Wittstock, an executive Director of CRH plc since January 2002 and Managing Director Europe Products & Distribution based in the Netherlands since October 2004, has decided for personal reasons to return to the United States and accordingly resigns from the CRH Board with effect from today. We are pleased that John will be remaining with CRH, assuming overall responsibility for MMI Products, Inc., the acquisition of which was announced by the Group today. MMI will be the foundation of a fifth product group for CRH's Americas Products & Distribution Division and represents a major new platform for expansion in product segments which offer significant organic and development growth opportunities for the Group.

Mr. Liam Hughes who has been Acting Managing Director Europe Products & Distribution since late 2005 will continue in this role.

The CRH Board understands the personal factors underlying John’s decision. John has made an outstanding contribution to CRH in his various senior executive roles in both the United States and Europe, and as a Director. The Board wishes him well in his new role with MMI, an important new development platform for CRH in the Americas.

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