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Minister of State Robert Troy

Minister of State Robert Troy

Minister of State Robert Troy

Fianna Fáil Minister Robert Troy has said he made an “error” in not declaring the sale of a house he owned to the local authority on which he previously held a seat.

Mr Troy said he plans to correct the Dáil Register of Members Interests after it emerged he did not declare the sale of a house he owned to Westmeath County Council for €230,000.

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

The OnTheDitch.ie website reported Mr Troy declared the house as a rental property when he was first elected to the Dáil in 2011 and continued to do so every year up until he sold it in 2018. But did not do so after he sold it to his former local authority.

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

“Due to an error on my behalf, I left it off in 2018 as I had sold the property during that year, and I'm in the process of amending that. There's actually no requirement to declare who a property is sold to,” Mr Troy told RTE Radio One’s Claire Byrne Show.

Mr Troy also said he sold the property for less than what he paid for it and said he was contacted by the council who wanted to purchase the house as “they needed right away over the garden to access land that they owned”

“They now have plans to build in excess of 20 houses for older people, social housing so I did not I did not wish to stand in the way of the development of social housing for older people,” Mr Troy said.

“I was under the impression wrongly that you declared the property that you had in your possession when making the declaration at the end of December. It was an error on my part and I'm going to amend it,” he added.

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

Mr Troy sat on Westmeath County Council between 2004 and 2011.

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