Friday 19 July, 2013 Posted at 13.45pm
A vote on the motion has taken place and the government won it with 22 senators voting in favour and 11 senators voting against.
Speaking afterwards, Mr O’Brien explained: “Fine Gael moved a motion to remove Paul Bradford, James Heffernan and Fidelma Healy Eames from three Oireachtas committees.
“We have a committee, the Committee of Selection, who usually look after changes to committees.
“But a motion was moved to go over the head of the committee and remove the three members from committees.
“Labour Senator John Kelly even said he did not want to replace James Heffernan in those circumstances.”