Up to 50 jobs are to be lost with the closure of three pubs in Waterford city.

Staff at the Showboat, the Mansion House and the Halfway House were told last night that the businesses were closing with immediate effect.

There are 15 employees staging a sit-in at the Showboat.

It is understood a meeting is being held between management and workers at the Mansion House and the Halfway House pubs.

The receiver was due to meet workers at the Showboat pub.

It is understood the workers at the Showboat were told they would only be getting their statutory entitlements.