Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, chair of the parliament’s Welfare Committee, declared on Tuesday that the affairs of Eir, a nursing home and safety apartment complex for the elderly, are very serious and that they will be thoroughly investigated.
Reykjavík. Photo by Dagbjört Óddny Matthíasdóttir.
The home’s financial situation is dire and it has turned out in recent days that its board members accepted payments from its funds for their personal expenses.
Social Democrat MP Ólína Þorvarðardóttir demanded the board’s resignation in her speech in parliament on Tuesday. ruv.is reports.
The first to respond to Ólína’s call was Jórunn Frímannsdóttir, who resigned from the board of Eir yesterday.
As stated on ruv.is, Jórunn explained her intention with the move was to emphasize the importance of the board members renewing their authority and all aspects of the matter being looked into.
“We’re talking about a privately-owned institution run on allowances from the state, an institution that has accepted high payments from its clients and the state but treated these payments as if they were the personal budget of its directors,” commented Ólína.
Ólína went on to describe how Eir was run. “An old man, for example, who arrived with 24 million [USD 189,000, EUR 148,000] in a suitcase a few years ago to pay for the apartment he was permitted to move into and then had to pay 63,000 [USD 497, EUR 389] per month to live there.”
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