The ISEQ climbed an impressive 67.87 points today to 7929.82, as most of the big names recorded gains.
Technology company Icon was the biggest winner, up €2.75 (7.3%) at €40.25.
Insurer FBD rose €1.95 (5.1%) to €40.15, following its announcement today that it had sold a portion of its land in Mijas, southern Spain.
Glass company South Wharf was up 20c (5.1%) at €4.10 when the market closed.
Irish Life and Permanent closed up 34c (1.9%) at €18.49, while Anglo Irish Bank was up 20c (1.5%) at €13.48.
Allied Irish Bank, the day’s busiest share, rose 10c to €20.00. A new pay structure for the bank’s staff was announced today.
Bank of Ireland was one of the day’s few fallers, closing down 8c at €15.00.
ISEQ 20 ETF shares closed up 20c (1.3%) at €15.83.
McInerney Holdings closed up 35c (2.9%) at €12.40 on the day that it announced a 26% increase in pre-tax profits.
Construction rival Kingspan was also up 35c (2.9%) at €12.25 at the end of the day.
Readymix was up 5c (2.2%) at €2.30 on the day that it named Roger Gonzalez as its new managing director, while CRH closed up 30c (1.1%) at €27.60.
Elan finished the day up 25c (2.2%) at €11.85.
Ryanair gained 9c (1.2%) to €7.62, as it denied it was involved with a Mexican start-up airline.
Kerry Group closed up 20c (1.1%) at €18.80.
Eircom slipped 1c to €2.20.
Independent News and Media was unchanged at €2.64, as APN, the Australian company in which it has a 40% stake, reported net profits of €92.6m for last year, a 16% increase on 2004.