Pursuant to the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 (the “Regulations”) which were applicable since 13 June 2007, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”), as competent authority under the Regulations, delegated certain functions to the Irish Stock Exchange (the “ISE”).

In compliance with European law that this delegation must come to an end by 19 January 2013, the Central Bank and the ISE have now announced that the delegation arrangement has ceased.

The Central Bank is now accordingly the sole relevant competent authority for these purposes.