Staff at two HMV stores in the Republic of Ireland held sit-in protests today following the closure of the music store's 16 shops in the country.
The workers at two Limerick shops are attempting to win payment of wages and other money they are owed.
Unlike the British outlets, which have been placed in administration, the HMV operation in the Irish Republic has been put directly into receivership, a far more drastic measure.
The retailer had 223 British shops and a workforce of about 4,000, as opposed to the 16 Irish stores which employ around 300.
Deloitte said that the Irish closures followed "a request from the directors of HMV" to shut them down.
"All efforts will be made by the receiver to secure a purchaser for the Irish stores," the administrator added.
It has been reported that private equity groups are looking at snapping up all or part of the group although it is not clear if this includes the Irish outlets.
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