Dáil rises for eight-week summer break after rebel Fine Gael TDs removed from committees

Thursday 18 July 2013 22.15
Peter Mathews brought the term to a close
Peter Mathews brought the term to a close

The Dáil has adjourned for its summer break, with TDs set to return to Leinster House at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 September.

Peter Mathews, acting as stand in Ceann Comhairle, brought the term to a close.

He was earlier removed from the Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions because he defied the Fine Gael party whip by voting against the Government on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Mr Mathews was one of a number Fine Gael TDs removed from Oireachtas committees today over their stance on the abortion legislation.

Terence Flanagan and Brian Walsh were discharged from the Transport Committee.

Mr Mathews described the move as "unnecessary".

He and Billy Timmins had already been removed from the Oireachtas Finance Committee.

Áine Collins will fill the vacancy on the Public Accounts Committee created by the promotion of Paschal Donohoe to Minister for European Affairs.

Alan Farrell will replace Mr Donohoe on the Finance Committee and Dara Murphy will take his place on the Select Committee on EU Affairs.

Denis Naughten, who is not a member of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, has been removed from the Health Committee and will be replaced by Dan Neville.

Mr Naughten said he was disappointed that a Government with such a large majority felt the need to "stamp out any scrutiny of its decisions".