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1st July, 2011

EBS Building Society (“EBS”) confirms the completion of the acquisition by Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. (“AIB”) of EBS and the formation of one of two pillar banks in Ireland.

EBS, which will now be called EBS Limited, will operate as a standalone, separately branded subsidiary of AIB with its own branch network.

Philip Williamson, Chairman of EBS, thanked members for their support especially over the difficult last three years and assured them that they will continue to be served in the same way as they had been when EBS was a Building Society.

The Executive Directors of EBS Limited are Fergus Murphy and Emer Finnan. Non Executive Directors are Philip Williamson and Jim Ruane. They will be joined by Catherine Woods, AIB Non Executive Director and Senior Executives from AIB – Bernard Byrne, Eamonn Hackett and Denis O’Callaghan.

Fergus Murphy, EBS Chief Executive will initially report to the Executive Chairman of AIB and will join the AIB Executive Committee. Certain functions within EBS will have dual reporting lines within EBS and to functions within AIB.

Every account in EBS Building Society will become an account of the same amount with the new EBS entity and the terms and conditions will remain unchanged, including share accounts. Depositors and borrowers of EBS can continue to carry out their business in the normal way. No action is required on the part of customers.

The €100,000 Deposit Guarantee Scheme protection continues to apply to EBS customers and AIB customers on a separate basis. For example, an EBS customer will be protected for up to €100,000 of deposits in EBS and up to €100,000 of deposits in AIB. Customers above €100,000 continue to be covered by the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme. Products held by the same customer in either institution will be treated as totally separate. Neither entity (AIB or EBS) will have rights over a customer’s product holding in the separate institution.

Customers who have enquiries on the completion of this acquisition can contact us on our customer contact number 1850 654 321, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 6.00pm.

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Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) and Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme (ELG)

All qualifying customer deposits in both AIB and EBS continue to be guaranteed under the Irish Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) in respect of amounts up to €100,000 per depositor, per credit institution. The DGS does not have an end-date.

The Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme (ELG) guarantees all deposits in the participating institutions over the €100,000 limit of the Deposit Guarantee Scheme. Where a deposit does not qualify under DGS, then the ELG Scheme guarantees the entire deposit.

Demand deposits in banks or building societies that joined the ELG Scheme are fully guaranteed to 31 December 2011. All fixed term deposit accounts in both AIB and EBS are covered for the full term of the deposit up to a term of five years as long as the fixed term deposit was made or re-invested after the institution became a member of the ELG scheme and prior to 31 December 2011. AIB joined the ELG scheme on 21 January 2010. EBS joined the ELG scheme on 1 February 2010.

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