New Ireland Assurance celebrates Centenary

New Ireland Centenary Celebration

New Ireland Assurance, the Life and Pensions business of Bank of Ireland Group last night celebrated its 100th anniversary in front of Minister Michael D’Arcy, industry representatives, and colleagues past and present from across the Bank of Ireland Group.

New Ireland is one of the country’s leading life, pensions and investments companies, with a national presence of 800 people. New Ireland was founded on the 5th January 1918, with the original office based on O’Connell Street. Its roots are deeply connected with the foundation of the Irish state and its purpose was to keep Irish money in Ireland for the benefit of Irish businesses and the State.

Speaking at the Centenary Dinner, Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy TD, said:

“I am delighted to be a part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of New Ireland Assurance. I congratulate all involved in reaching this significant milestone which shows the ability to evolve and innovate and I wish you continued success in the years ahead”

Speaking at last night’s event, New Ireland Managing Director Michael Murphy said:

“To reach such a significant milestone is testament to colleagues past and present who continue to serve customers brilliantly and the support and loyalty of our business partners.

“I am particularly delighted to see customers, business partners, industry peers, former and current colleagues from New Ireland and across the Group for such an exceptional event in our history.

“Tonight is not just about celebrating our past but also looking ahead with excitement to the future. We will continue to ensure that the customer remains our number one focus and look forward to delivering simple, effective solutions to protect Irish families, to invest Irish money and to secure the future of Irish businesses and customers.”

Francesca McDonagh, Group CEO Bank of Ireland added:

“I am delighted to be part of this special occasion for New Ireland Assurance – New Ireland was the first wholly owned Irish insurance company, established at a time of great change.

“Over this past 100 years we have seen revolution and evolution, war and peace, economic climbs and declines – but in all of this, the resilience of those associated with New Ireland, has kept the company growing: always adapting to change, always forging ahead.

“New Ireland has forged a strong position of trust with customers across Ireland, advising on some of life’s most important financial decisions. I look forward to the next phase of this exciting journey, as we continue to enable customers to thrive.”