THE CLOSURE of Avondale Nursing Home Ltd has left a trail of destruction through the business community in Callan. A number of small business are owed nearly e5,000 for produce already sold to the nursing home.
One small retailer in Callan told the Kilkenny People that he was owed over e3,500 in bills that haven’t been paid for nearly five months. He said “I could have done with it badly. Every bill she just said add it to next month.”
Another retailer in Callan who hadn’t been trading very long was caught for e1,200. Despite the effect that this will have on his business the trader is resigned to marking the money down as a bad debt.
“I’ve had to take a hit. I’ve accepted that she (Miriam Holmes) is gone and that there is nothing I can do,” he said.
A number of other business and have also been left owed thousands of euro since the dramatic closure of Avondale Nursing Home Ltd by the Health Information and Quality Authority.
Avondale Nursing Home Ltd was a limited company. As a limited company creditors are only able to come after the assets of the company. According to the must recent accounts filed with the Companies Registration Office Avondale Nursing Home only has assets to the value of e9,500.
Staff of the nursing home have also been left unpaid. Up to 30 staff working at the nursing home were not paid their final salary by the owners.
A criminal investigation is already under way into allegations that the directors of the nursing home, Miriam Holmes and her daughter Hayley, took money from residents of the home before fleeing. The allegations emerged after a Gardai investigation recovered five residents’ personal public service cards and A Beginning Life in Australia Guide in the hotel room at the Marriott hotel where they stayed the night before travelling to Dublin airport by shuttle bus.
HIQA has confirmed that they are also liasing with Gardai in Kilkenny and investigating the possibility of pursuing a criminal prosecution against the operators of Avondale Nursing Home Ltd under the 2007 Health Act. The act states that an operator of a nursing home can be criminally prosecuted if they fail to provide due care or breech regulations. If found guilty the directors of Avondale could face up to two years in prison or a e70,000 fine.
Kilkenny Gardai have also confirmed that they are liaising with the HSE and HIQA but they said the exact parameters of the investigation have yet to be established.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Kilkenny Gardai on 056-7722222