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Mr. Kieran McGowan succeeds Mr. Pat Molloy as Chairman of CRH

10 May 2007

On 22 February 2007, the Board of CRH plc announced the planned retirement of its Chairman Mr. Pat Molloy following the May 2007 Annual General Meeting of the Company, and the appointment of Mr. Kieran McGowan as Chairman Designate to succeed Mr. Molloy. Following yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, Mr. Molloy has retired and Mr. McGowan has taken over as Chairman.

Mr. Molloy became Chairman in May 2000 having been a Board member since 1997.

Mr. McGowan, who joined the Board of CRH in 1998, was Chief Executive of IDA Ireland until December 1998. He is a non-executive Director of a number of companies including Elan Corporation plc, Irish Life & Permanent plc and United Drug plc. He is also a Director of Enterprise Ireland and Chairman of the Governing Authority of University College Dublin.

Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)

Liam O'Mahony Chief Executive
Myles Lee Finance Director
Éimear O’Flynn Head of Investor Relations
Maeve Carton Group Controller

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