Robert Troy, Spokesperson on Children

Robert Troy

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Longford Westmeath


The Manse,
Castle Street,
Co Westmeath

Tel: +353 44 933 4857

Email: robert.troy@oireachtas.ie



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Personal Details

I come from a family with a strong tradition in community activity and volunteer work.

My parents Paddy & Sarah were involved in many community groups most notable the GAA and Community Games. My Uncle, Fr. Ulic Troy is a former Chairman of a Westmeath County Board.

I went to Emper National school and then onto St. Finian's College before going to work in Dublin. Having worked in Dublin for 5 years I returned to take over as Postmaster in Ballynacargy.

Since my election we have seen many improvements in our area and I am delighted to have worked with so many voluntary organisations to achieve this. I have also worked for individuals in confidence in personal matters always respecting the integrity of peoples concerns and ensuring the best possible outcome.

Local News

HIQA report on Castlepollard disability centre highlights lack of funding - Troy

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford - Westmeath Robert Troy has said a report recently published by HIQA demonstrates that St. Peter's Care Home in Castlepollard is under-resourced. Read More | Share

Proposed regulations will undermine haulage industry by increasing cost of tyres - Troy

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford - Westmeath Robert Troy has criticized the government for planning to put in place new regulations that will undermine the haulage industry. The new regulations will also lead to an increase in costs for motorists and the agricultural sector. Read More | Share

FF demands Govt statement on shocking gaps in treatment for child victims of abuse

Fianna Fáil has demanded an urgent statement from the Government on revelations of shocking gaps in the supports available to children who have suffered sexual abuse. Read More | Share

Minister Reilly must clarify exorbitant Tusla legal fee payments - Troy

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has questioned Minister James Reilly over reports that a number of former social workers, previously employed by the HSE, earned as much as €300,000 each last year to act as court-appointed officers for children likely to be placed in care. Read More | Share

Government must move to introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has called on the government to prioritise the Children First Bill 2014. The legislation will make it a legal requirement to report known cases of child abuse to An Garda Siochána. Read More | Share

Ireland’s high childcare costs forcing mothers out of the workplace – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy says new data from the OECD confirms that Ireland’s childcare costs are the highest in the EU and are rapidly spiralling out of control. Research from the OECD has found that average EU childcare costs represent around 12% of a family’s income, while in Ireland those same costs account for 35% of family income levels. Read More | Share

Escalating Child Poverty a Damning Indictment of Govt Record – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has expressed his concern at the Government’s continued failure to address the escalating levels of child poverty and child homelessness. Read More | Share

Troy seeks reassurance over Custume barracks

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy has sought reassurance from the government over its long term commitment to Custume barracks in Athlone. Deputy Troy made the comments after he raised the matter in the Dáil with Minister Coveney and pointed out that under DFR / S.I. CS4 the permitted number of personnel assigned to the base has fallen by approximately 580 since 2012. Read More | Share

Greater support needed for businesses in Athlone - Troy

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath Robert Troy has called on the government to provide greater support for business in Athlone. Deputy Troy made the comments following a Dáil debate on the significant issues facing businesses such as high commercial rates and rising labour costs due to government hikes in PRSI. Read More | Share

Fresh thinking needed to avoid childcare costs crisis – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD is warning the Government that it is facing a crisis in childcare because it is failing to take action to address spiralling costs. Deputy Troy says escalating crèche and pre-school prices are forcing many parents to give up work because they can no longer afford the extortionate costs. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2011

Current Spokesperson on Children

Previously served as Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage

Elected to Westmeath County Council in the June 2009 local elections

Priorities for next 5 years:

• The Completion of Mullingar Regional Sports Centre
• A Town Bus Service for Mullingar
• Promote sustainable business's for the area
• Promote & Encourage Volunteerism in the community and assist Voluntary groups to achieve their goals & ambitions.
• Continued investments in our area in infrastructure including - Roads, Footpaths, Broadband, Safety Measures, Lighting etc.