Abbey plc: New Homes, Property Developers, Construction, Builders

Shareholding: Gallagher Holdings Limited

S67 Gallagher 17.02.2012

Mr James Ferguson Via Email: announcements@ise.ie
Operations Manager
The Irish Stock Exchange
28 Anglesea Street
Dublin 2

17 February 2012

REGULATORY NEWS SERVICE NUMBER : 525639

Dear Mr Ferguson

We have received notification pursuant to section 67 of the Companies Act 1990 of the following interest in the issued share capital of Abbey plc.

Effective Notification Shareholder No. Shares % of Issued
Date Date Share Capital

16.02.2012 17.02.2012 Gallagher 10,166,544 47.08%
Holdings Limited

I would confirm that the shareholder has not acquired any further ordinary shares in Abbey plc over the 10,166,544 previously advised. Their percentage holding has increased following the recent buying of 49,597 ordinary shares by Abbey plc of its own shares on 16 February 2012.

Yours sincerely
For and on behalf of
ABBEY PLC

David J Dawson
Company Secretary