Following the suspension of its shares yesterday, bathroom suites manufacturer Qualceram Shires has appointed an examiner to the firm.

The company said that David Hughes of Ernst & Young has been appointed on an interim basis to the company and all of its Irish registered subsidiaries.

Yesterday Qualceram said it had become obvious that discussions with its bankers and landlord were unlikely to end with agreement.

The company is suffering because of the slowdown in the property markets in Ireland and the UK and the difficult trading conditions created as a result.