Born in Mullingar in 1982, Robert Troy is a native of Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath. He attended Emper National School and St Finians College, Mullingar before moving to study and work in Dublin. He worked in banking and financial institutions before returning to Ballynacargy to take over the family post office in 2003 and run his own business. Robert first entered politics in 2004 when he was elected to Westmeath County Council where he served for seven years.
Robert has represented the people of Longford- Westmeath for a decade, since his election to Dáil Éireann on his first attempt in 2011. He has successfully retained his seat and was re-elected in both the 2016 and 2020 general elections. Throughout his political career, Robert’s core priorities have been promoting balanced regional development, particularly for the Midlands, and supporting SMEs as well as advocating for greater social reforms in Ireland, including migrant rights and marriage equality.
Since taking his seat in the Dáil, Robert has held a number of portfolios as a Frontbench Party Spokesperson including Arts & Heritage, Children & Youth Affairs, Transport, Tourism & Sport and most recently Business, Enterprise & Innovation. He served on the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, and was a member of the Council of Europe.
Following the recent Government formation, Robert was appointed the Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Robert’s focus in Government is ensuring a competitive and fair marketplace and helping to drive insurance reform; ensuring company law supports jobs and business; and creating opportunities for businesses in regionally and nationally through enterprise initiatives, trade promotion and digital opportunities.