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

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

Hep C access programme must be rolled out without delay – Troy

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath Robert Troy has welcomed the Health Minister’s decision to set up an early access programme for people who were infected with Hepatitis C as a result of State supplied contaminated blood products. The scheme will provide them with powerful new drugs, which vastly improve the chances of eradicating the disease. Deputy Troy is calling on the Minister to ensure that the scheme is established without delay so that these life-saving medicines can be administered to patients as soon as possible. Read More | Share

Minister must publish Terms of Reference for Mother and Baby Homes Inquiry – FF

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD says new information about the Tuam Mother and Baby home re-enforce the need for the Government to outline the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Read More | Share

Fresh policies needed to prevent childcare crisis – Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD is warning of a childcare crisis unless the issue of affordability is tackled. The Longford-Westmeath Deputy hosted a consultation session on early childhood care and education last week to engage with parents and practitioners to discuss the challenges facing the sector. Read More | Share

Ask.fm move must force cyber-bullying back on the agenda - Troy

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD says the decision by Ask.fm to move its business from Latvia to Dublin raises fresh concern about cyber-bullying. The site, which allows users to post anonymously, has been at the centre of a series of cyberbullying claims. Read More | Share

Govt must make children a priority – Troy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy says the Government needs to ensure that children’s policies are prioritised as the recovery in the economy begins to take hold. Deputy Troy was commenting after a new UNICEF study revealed a 10% increase in the child poverty rate in Ireland during the height of the recession. Read More | Share

Govt ignores increasing Fair Deal crisis – Troy

New figures released to Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath Robert Troy reveal that there are over 2,182 older people languishing on waiting lists for up to four months because of HSE funding delays in the Fair Deal scheme. Read More | Share

FF wants to shape new childcare and early education policies – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Robert Troy is to host a consultation session on early childhood care and education with a view to updating his current policy document “Investing in Tomorrow” to improve the sector for parents and workers. Read More | Share

Orthodontic case highlights dysfunction in children’s services - Troy

Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has expressed concern following media reports that a teenager in the care of the Child and Family Agency has not had her braces removed because the orthodontist wasn’t paid. The case was before the Dublin District Family Court yesterday. 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.