You don’t have to cry if you get caught.
awmakers have no right to feel sorry for themselves when they are found to have broken the law in various areas, however unintentionally.
At least not in public. You can, of course, snivele to your heart’s content in private and accuse anyone who will listen.
But offended pride and self-pity in a politician are at least indecent and at worst suggest a personal vanity at odds with the role of the public representative.
And this vanity, which is more or less common to all of us but which politicians naturally try to cover up, can be part of the problem.
It could even be why a person clashed with the rules in the first place and ended up in an awkward position that led to their downfall.
Instead, it will lend further credence to a Sinn Féin mantra that the old-style Fianna Fáil mindset “hasn’t gone away, you know.”
Robert Troy is dismissed as Minister of State today for failing to register tenancies and interests with the Oireachtas and in a separate case for failing to register tenancies in a joint ownership with the Residential Tenancies Board.
But he seems sore and hurt at the result of his own inaction. In particular, he feels wrongly attacked.
The extraordinary defiance displayed by Robert Troy in his late night statement suggests he still hasn’t realized that losing over €40,000 as an additional top-up to his TD’s salary is ultimately his fault alone.
In short, if he had fulfilled his duties as Dáil MP and landlord he would still be Minister of State.
But no. Mr. Troy had a few slashes after slash with his sword before falling on it himself with decidedly poor grace.
He just couldn’t resist indulging in his annoyances, but things will not have worked out well with the public gallery. Instead, it will lend further credence to a Sinn Féin mantra that the old-style Fianna Fáil mindset “hasn’t gone away, you know.”
M Troy said: “While I accept my mistakes, I would like to state that the narrative put forward by some media outlets and some in the opposition that landlords are scoundrels is simply false.
“I am keenly aware of the sensitivity of the housing situation in Ireland and am continually working to help constituents meet their housing needs – but vilifying landlords is not the answer and will not help the problem.”
So far, perhaps reasonable enough – since even if it goes down with the ship, it could be seen as an attack on the Sinn Féin narrative of good and evil.
But there’s still a wearisome undertone familiar from district court when the accused says to an arresting officer, “Why don’t you catch real criminals?”
The chorus is heard all the time, especially with minor infractions – as if they can still be ignored.
At this point in his testimony, Mr. Troy began to hustle while simultaneously taking out an onion – in the Private detective Sentence about making sad tears.
“I personally will not apologize for being a landlord,” he said. “I bought my first house when I was 20 because I went straight into work after school and was therefore able to buy my first property.”
Privileged by circumstances and timing back then, in contrast to the 20-year-olds of today. Mr Troy continued thoughtlessly: “I am not a privileged person and I did not grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth; I’ve worked for everything I have.”
One would have to have a heart of stone not to read these words from a resigning Minister of State without the slightest smile or a raised eyebrow.
No amount of their own work can ever bestow a TD with the added plum of junior ministerial rank. It is an office conferred by the Taoiseach based on many considerations, including ordinary geography.
Mr Troy next suggested hypocrisy and laziness on behalf of some of his critics. “While I know elected officials must be held to high standards, I would like to ask the journalists and the writers of a particular website who have tirelessly followed this story to consider how ethical their work has been.” Glasshouses, Stones.
“Some media have taken literally without verification stories that were factually incorrect. They printed inaccurate headlines and misleading articles and failed to make corrections when requested,” he lamented.
It seems a little odd to learn that Mr Troy became involved with such media when it was difficult for the much-maligned mainstream to contact him with questions, let alone get answers.
In his closing comments, Mr Troy indicated that he would be unavailable again afterwards (“I would appreciate some time, space and privacy from all media at this point”), Mr Troy took the opportunity to address his constituents and speaking to supporters in Longford-Westmeath.
He assured them, “I will continue to work as diligently as I have always done as a TD.” But he had previously admitted failing on the diligence front. “I wasn’t trying to hide anything. My greatest offense is my lack of diligence.”
Well – could have done with a good editor. In fact, it seems that his own fiery confidence, of which he used to be proud, prevented him from releasing the text of his resignation to his party’s media professionals.
For it is certain that if he had done so, they would have made changes: mainly deletions.
After exonerating himself and, according to him, probably more in grief than anger, Mr Troy promised he would remain fully committed to his party.
The party would carry on whatever happens, he seemed to imply, before granting himself a pardon to be fulfilled in the future: “I look forward to one day being in a position to serve in government again .”
This clear-eyed confidence seems to mitigate an earlier expression of regret at “a series of errors” he had directly or indirectly committed.
“I’m sorry that it caused so much uproar and distracted attention from the serious problems in this country and the good work of this government and my party, especially on housing.”
Yes, his party in particular is digging many holes, just as he himself has been diligently digging.
However, the poor judgment displayed in his somewhat scathing sign-off could argue against his early return – compared to someone like Dara Calleary, a real Golfgate crash victim, for example.
But to this day Troy apparently continues to burn.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/lawmakers-cannot-feel-sorry-for-themselves-if-like-robert-troy-they-are-found-to-have-broken-the-rules-41937071.html Lawmakers cannot feel sorry for themselves when, like Robert Troy, they broke the rules