Robert Troy says he made a “mistake” by not reporting the sale of a home he owned


Fianna Fáil Minister Robert Troy said he made a “mistake” by failing to report the sale of a home he owned to the local authority where he previously held a seat.

r Troy said he plans to correct the Dáil Register of Members Interests after it emerged he had failed to report the sale of a home he owned to Westmeath County Council for €230,000.

The Longford-Westmeath TD bought the house in 2006 at a Criminal Assets Bureau auction at the Greville Arms Hotel in Mullingar.

Website reported that Mr Troy had listed the house as a rental property when he was first elected to the Dáil in 2011 and did so every year until his sale in 2018. However, he did not do so after he sold it to his former parish.

The property was sold to Westmeath County Council in June 2018 for €230,000.

“Due to a mistake on my part I canceled it in 2018 as I had sold the property that year and I am in the process of changing that. There’s really no requirement to say who a property is being sold to,” Mr Troy told RTE Radio One’s Claire Byrne Show.

Mr Troy also said he sold the property for less than he paid for it and said he had been contacted by the council, who wanted to buy the house, as ‘they needed to access the land straight away through the garden, that they owned”.

“They now have plans to build more than 20 homes for the elderly, social housing, so I didn’t want to get in the way of developing social housing for the elderly,” Mr Troy said.

“I was wrongly given the impression that you declared the assets you owned when you made your declaration at the end of December. It was a mistake on my part and I will change it,” he added.

However, TDs are required to declare any contracts they have with public bodies that are worth more than €6,500. Mr Troy did not respond to questions about why he had not explained the contract with the local authority.

Mr Troy sat on Westmeath County Council between 2004 and 2011. Robert Troy says he made a “mistake” by not reporting the sale of a home he owned

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