Fianna Fáil’s junior minister Robert Troy has published an extensive list of changes to the Dáil Register of Members’ Interests.
In a lengthy statement, Mr Troy said he “fully appreciates the gravity” of his mistake of not disclosing a number of properties he sold to local authorities and a deal in which he was involved.
“I sincerely regret that my omissions and errors could be viewed as my deviation or disregard for my responsibilities as a public representative,” he said.
“I take full responsibility and apologize unreservedly to my constituents, government colleagues, the Dáil and SIPO for these errors and omissions,” he added.
Mr Troy said he had submitted changes to his declaration of interests in the register of members to the Clerk of the Dáil and SIPO.
“As mentioned, I was under the wrong impression that only properties I owned were to be registered on December 31 of the registrable year and no properties were sold that year,” he said.
“I have reviewed my previous statements in detail and I am satisfied that my revised statements accurately reflect all of my interests in the public record.”
He released the following changes to his public statement:
Under occupation applies:
• 2021 – I have now added that I have rented my former Registered Private Residence (PDH), Main Street Ballynacargy since November 2021.
• 2020 – I have now included Oak Crest which was omitted by mistake because it was sold in 2020 but registered in 2019.
• 2018 – I have now included the sale of Ashfield recorded in all previous years
The following applies under supervision:
• 2021 – I have now added RMT Management Limited. This has been explained in previous years. I started completing the VSO process in 2020 and ceased operations in 2020. I wasn’t aware that the process wasn’t officially completed until 2021 – hence my mistake.
Under country applies:
• 2011 – 2021 I have now recorded all the properties below ground. Previously I had declared them under “Profession”, on the advice of the SIPO these should be declared second under “Properties”.
• 2019 – I have now explained the sale of Ashlawn, Clonbalt Woods, Longford. This was erroneously omitted as the property was bought and sold that year.
• 2018 – I have now included the sale of Ashfield under lots as second following the advice above.
Mr Troy also released information which he said does not need to be declared but was provided to “ensure full transparency”:
• I have declared my 50% ownership of 39 Cathedral View Mullingar at all times. During the course of my investigation it was brought to my attention that this property is in fact registered in the sole name of the co-owner. This is clearly an error and I will now take the necessary steps to correct it.
• I have two Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) agreements with Westmeath County Council.
• I have disclosed details regarding negotiations for potential real estate sales.
• My now wife and then girlfriend was a secretary at RMT Management Limited.
• I have held honorary and unpaid directorships at Westmeath Community Development and Mullingar Arts Center – ending in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
• I have given details of the 2020 sale of the garden of one of my registered properties, 25A Rathdown Road.
• I registered an interparliamentary trip to Taiwan in 2013.
• I participated in a rent-a-room program in my private home in 2019.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fails-robert-troy-submits-changes-to-dail-register-of-members-interests-and-apologises-unreservedly-41921148.html Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy files changes to Dáil register of members’ interests and apologizes ‘unreservedly’