Westmeath TD Robert Troy.

Troy to face SIPO ethics investigation hearing next month

Robert Troy will be coming before the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) next month, when it holds a hearing into complaints made against the Westmeath TD.

SIPO said this week it would be holding a hearing on Monday, June 10, into "alleged contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995 and the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, by Deputy Robert Troy".

The investigation stems from the controversy in 2022 over the Fianna Fáil TD's failure to fully declare his property interests on the Oireachtas Register of Members' Interests

Deputy Troy resigned as a Junior Minister in August 2022, stating at the time that he had made a number of errors in his members' interests declaration due to a "lack of due diligence".

When contacted by the Westmeath Independent today, about the upcoming SIPO hearing, the TD said: "I welcome confirmation from SIPO that a hearing date has been set for next month.

"As previously stated, I am fully committed to engaging with SIPO."

He added that he would not be making any further comment on the matter until after the hearing had been completed.

Established in 2001, SIPO is the State body responsible for overseeing the Ethics in Public Office Acts, the Electoral Act 1997, the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act 2014, and the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.