Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Niamh Smyth, John Lahart, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - to address the crisis in rehab care; (2) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to ask the Minister for Education and Skills to explain why no payments have been made to date under the State’s ex gratia scheme set up in the wake of the Louise O’Keeffe judgment; (3) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to ask the Minister to outline in detail the measures she will be taking to address the significant drug-related activity that has escalated in Ireland's largest town, Drogheda, and its surrounding areas; what actions the Minister will take to address the complete lack of drug outreach workers in the biggest town in Ireland; in light of the recent drug-related criminality, whether the Minister will apply for emergency funding to fund a Mulvey-type report to assess and plan appropriately to manage the drugs crisis; and to make a statement on the matter; (4) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - to discuss the provision of home care packages in Sligo-Leitrim; (5) Deputy Noel Rock - for an update on legislation in relation to regulations regarding electric scooters; (6) Deputy Robert Troy - to address recent reports that the final cost of the MetroLink project are as yet undetermined and that the cost may be as high as €5 billion; (7) Deputy Brian Stanley - to raise with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the transfer of the post office in Mountmellick, County Laois, to a new location; (8) Deputies Kathleen Funchion, John McGuinness and Bobby Aylward - to discuss the urgent need to review Irish patients’ access to the immune inhibitor Pembrolizumab, manufactured by MSD, which is made available to patients in Ireland for the treatment of only particular types of cancer; and (9) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - to discuss protocols currently in place between the Department and the fire services in the local authorities, with particular reference to recent wild fires in County Donegal.

The matters raised by Deputies Niamh Smyth, John Lahart and Margaret Murphy O'Mahony; Kathleen Funchion, John McGuinness and Bobby Aylward; Eamon Scanlon; and Maurice Quinlivan have been selected for discussion.