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STAFF at Aviva's Ireland operations are still in the dark about their future at the insuring giant.

Bosses at the company were unable to allay fears and deny the rumours that the company would be seeking up to 500 job cuts across its 2,000-strong workforce.

The union, which represents 1,300 staff, was not expecting any further information from the insurer this week, Unite regional officer Brian Gallagher said, after his meeting with director of human resources Joe McCaughey.

Mr Gallagher (left) told the Herald that the company could not give assurances that the reports were just rumours.

And the company did not provide a timetable on when changes may be introduced.

A spokeswoman for Aviva said it could not say when a decision would be made on the review but warned there had been "significant shrinkage in the industry" as fewer people were taking out insurance or pension products.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said media reports about job losses were causing "great anxiety and concern for those who work in Aviva".

Mr Kenny said the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the IDA had been in touch with Aviva.