Robert Troy resigns

Robert Troy has resigned as a Minister of State after controversy about his property portfolio.

The Fianna Fáil TD said the number of errors he has made in relation to declarations on his holdings led to the decision.

Two weeks of a drip feed of information about properties owned by Robert Troy and his declarations of interest ultimately led to his decision to resign last night.

Deputy Troy said while one mistake was excusable, he had made a number of errors.

He insisted in a statement he never tried to conceal anything and his biggest mistake was a lack of due diligence.

Robert Troy said he had bought his first property aged 20 and wouldn’t apologise for being a landlord – accusing media and opposition of vilifying landlords.

He added he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and worked for all he had.

It’s another blow to a Government which during its term has yet to make it through an August without a significant political scandal.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will consider a replacement for Robert Troy in the coming days.


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