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Tuesday 30 August, 2005

ICON plc

ICON Announces New Appointments

Icon PLC

ICON plc (NASDAQ: ICLR) today announced the appointment of Mr. Sean
Leech, currently Chief Financial Officer, to the position of Executive Vice
President - Commercial and Organisational Development. This new role will focus
on identifying and supporting initiatives to enhance margins, to develop new
business lines and to integrate acquisitions. The role will also oversee ICON's
investor relations programme.

'Sean has been an outstanding CFO for ICON' commented ICON's Chief Executive,
Peter Gray. 'I am delighted to be able to appoint someone with his skills and
experience to this role, which will be key to supporting ICON's continued growth
and development'.

Mr. Ciaran Murray, who will join ICON on October 3, 2005, will succeed Mr. Leech
as CFO. Mr. Murray was previously CFO of Codec Systems Limited, an IT company
headquartered in Ireland. He has also held Senior Financial positions with
Novell Inc. and Kraft Foods and has worked in Ireland, Italy the UK and the US
during his career. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse
Coopers in 1988.

             Investor Relations, +1-888-381-7923
             Sean Leech, CFO, +353-1-291-2000

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