Robert Troy, Spokesperson on Children

Robert Troy

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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

Damning CSO Report a Wake-Up Call to Politics - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD has responded to the publication of the CSO's survey on income and living conditions. He described it as a wake-up call for everyone involved in public life and said that addressing the issue of child poverty needs much greater political attention. Read More | Share


Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD has responded to the Government’s latest PR campaign on the childcare cost crisis. The FF Deputy questioned why nothing was done on the issue in the 2015 budget and said that what families wanted from the Government was concrete plans and action, not more spin. Read More | Share

Urgent action needed to deal with social worker shortage - Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy is calling on the Children’s Minister to urgently address the shortage of social workers in the system. There are almost 200 vacancies for social work posts, with an average of one social worker leaving their job between 2010 and 2013. Read More | Share

Troy Welcomes Progress on Mother and Baby Homes Investigation

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has welcomed the publication of the terms of reference of the independent investigation into practices in so-called ‘Mother and Baby’ homes across the country. Read More | Share

‘Longford Women’s link’ cuts are scandalous

Robert Troy TD, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs today called for the immediate reversal of the savage cuts made to ‘Longford Women’s Link’ and the reinstatement of the Garda domestic violence training programme for recruits. Read More | Share

Mother and Baby homes inquiry must be survivor focused – Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy is calling on the Children’s Minister James Reilly to ensure that the inquiry into Mother and Baby homes is issue driven and that the true facts of what happened in these homes is established. The terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation are due to be published in the New Year. Read More | Share

Ministers refusal to intervene in Childline funding crises silences children at risk - Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has criticised the Children’s Minister for refusing to ring-fence money for Childline. The 24 hour support service is being faced with the prospect of cutting its hours because of funding issues. Deputy Troy raised the issue during Topical Issues in the Dáil this afternoon. Read More | Share

Govt must act to protect innocent children online – Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Robert Troy has called for urgent action to be taken following reports that photos of young Irish girls are appearing on international pornography websites without their or their parents’ knowledge. Read More | Share

Troy concern after Tusla court case shot down

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has expressed concern after a prosecution against Giraffe Childcare was shot down because the judge ruled that Tusla - the Child and Family Agency - did not have retrospective powers to take such cases. Read More | Share

Minister’s criticism on childcare tax credits ‘not good enough’– Troy

Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has hit out at Children’s Minister James Reilly for criticising proposals aimed at cutting the cost of childcare while failing to publish any measures which could tackle the problem. 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.