I was elected to the 31st Dáil in February 2011. I am the youngest member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party and the current Spokesperson for Children. Since my election, I have actively contributed to Dáil debates regarding issues affecting my portfolio and constituents, which included taking an active role in opposition during the recent Children’s Rights Referendum campaign. I have also been heavily involved with local, national and international charity campaigns including Pieta House Suicide Awareness, LARCC Cancer research center and emergency response assistance for the Philippines.
I come from a family with a strong tradition in community service and volunteerism. My parents Paddy and Sarah Troy were involved in many community groups most notably the GAA and Community Games. My Uncle, Fr. Ulic Troy is a former Chairman of Westmeath County Broad. Before going to work in Dublin, I attended Emper National School and then St. Finian’s College. After having worked in Dublin for 5 years, I returned to Westmeath to take over as Postmaster in Ballynacargy Post Office.
Westmeath County Council:
I was first elected to Westmeath County Council in 2004. During my time as County Councilor our area experienced many improvements and I am delighted have had the opportunity to work closely with various voluntary organizations in pursuit of these developments.
During my time as a Councilor I:
- Organised a seminar in 2010 for the unemployed to offer guidance and advice to enable people to return to the workforce.
- Promoted and increased investment in infrastructure in the area covering issues ranging from increased broadband coverage to road and pavement improvements
- Promoted my constituency as an attractive area for new companies to do business in, while supporting and liaising with existing local businesses
Additionally, I am proud of my membership and involvement in the following groups:
- Co-coordinator North Westmeath Suicide Outreach Group
- Volunteer/Fundraiser North Westmeath Hospice
- Treasurer Ballynacargy GAA
- Ballynacargy Tidy Towns
- Westmeath VEC
- Mullingar’s Town Team
While Ireland is undoubtedly facing difficult times at present, I believe that these challenges present a great opportunity for reform within politics and across the political process.
As a young person, who is working and living in the area, I have first-hand knowledge of many of the difficulties that the people of Westmeath-Longford are facing, both financially and socially. It is this knowledge, along with what I have learnt from serving as a County Councilor, that has placed me in a ideal position to have your issues raised at the national political level.
I have always practiced strong values such as integrity, honesty and fairness. Furthermore I have always placed the wishes of the people who elected be at the top of my agenda – and will continue to do so.