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500 jobs at risk at refuse firm

FEARS are mounting for the future of 500 jobs and refuse services for more than 50,000 households after the High Court refused to confirm an examinership for one of the State's biggest waste firms.

The decision now means that Mr Binman's debtors - with Bank of Scotland owed €53m - will appoint a receiver, who will assume operational control of the Limerick-based business.

However, one worker expressed concern last night that job losses are now unavoidable within the firm, which services homes and businesses in Limerick, Galway, Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Waterford. "We all thought that an agreement would be reached - but there is massive fear now about what is going to happen next," the Limerick worker said.

Mr Binman workers are seeking urgent talks with the receiver. Limerick County Council - which has large parts of its catchment area dependent on Mr Binman for refuse services - said it would now liaise with the receiver and potential purchaser.