Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. Polish regulatory approval of the BZWBK disposal

DUBLIN 4, IRELAND -- (Marketwire) -- 02/18/11 --



DUBLIN, Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. ("AIB") [NYSE:AIB] announced on 10 September 2010 that it had agreed to sell its Polish interests to Banco Santander S.A. ("Santander") subject to obtaining certain regulatory approvals. The Polish securities regulator - Polish Financial Supervision Authority ("PFSA") or Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego ("KNF") today announced that it has approved the BZWBK tender offer by Santander.

As announced on 7(th) February 2011, we expect that transaction will be completed on 1(st) April 2011.



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Source: Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. via Thomson Reuters ONE

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For further information, please contact:

Alan Kelly
General Manager, Corporate Services
AIB Group
Dublin
Tel: ?1-6412162
email: Email Contact

Catherine Burke
Head of Corporate Relations and Communications
AIB Group
Dublin
Tel: ?1-6413894
email: Email Contact

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