Bank of Ireland Statement

Bank of Ireland (Governor & Co)

Bank of Ireland notes recent media speculation and categorically confirms that it has not received an approach from, nor entered into discussions with, Banco Santander or any other party.

ENDS

19 September 2008

Contact:
Dan Loughrey
Head of Group Corporate Communications
00 353 1 604 3833

Geraldine Deighan
Head of Group Investor Relations
00 353 1 604 3501