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

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

Troy welcomes appointment of Dr. Niall Muldoon as Children’s Ombudsman

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has welcomed the appointment of Dr. Niall Muldoon as the new Ombudsman for Children. Dr. Muldoon is the current Director of Investigations in the office of the Children’s Ombudsman, having previously held the post of National Clinical Director of the children’s charity CARI. Read More | Share

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

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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.