About a Troy: A politician brought down by the details of his property mini-empire

Once a rising star in Fianna Fáil, Robert Troy is this weekend counting the cost to his ministerial career after more and more details emerged of the errors and omissions in his declarations of his property interests

Robert Troy, the former junior enterprise minister: his fall has focused attention on politicians and their business and property dealings. Picture: Collins

As Robert Troy’s address to the 2012 Fianna Fáil ard fheis built to a crescendo, the rank-and-file party members seemed suitably impressed with their newly elected representative for Longford-Westmeath.

Troy’s speech, ostensibly to introduce Micheál Martin ahead of the latter’s maiden ard fheis address as party leader, was littered with rallying cries and crowd pleasers, which had delegates on their feet on more than one occasion.

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