In the financial sector the government has published legislation to allow the demutualisation and subsequent sale of Irish Nationwide. Market heavyweight AIB was 50c stronger at €17.25 with over four million shares changing hands.
Bank of Ireland gained 21c and was €13.31 at the closing bell. Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Life and Permanent finished in negative territory at €10.74 and €17.25 respectively.
Construction giant CRH jumped 40c to €23.30. Kingspan Group increased 29c to €12.44 in share price. Grafton Group fell back 5c to €9.35. Other main movers included Greencore Group who eased back 19c to €3.58.