REBEL Labour TD Colm Keaveney and Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin have been removed from Dail committees for voting against their parties.
Mr Keaveney was taken off three committees by Labour for his decision to vote against the social welfare cuts in the Budget. He has lost the party whip but is still continuing on as party chairman.
Sinn Fein Meath East TD Peadar Toibin was removed as chair of the Oireachtas Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee – a position worth €9,500 per year – for absenting himself from a vote on an abortion bill last December that Sinn Fein was supporting.
The motion to remove the TDs from the committees was approved in the Dail by 91 votes to 32, with Government and Sinn Fein TDs supporting it.
But it sparked a Dail row, with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin accusing Labour and Sinn Fein of "Stalinist" tactics.
"It represents an attempt by the Government and in particular the Labour Party and also Sinn Fein to punish dissent," he said.
Mr Martin said Mr Keaveney had voted with his conscience and in keeping with promises he made at the last election. The Galway East TD has been taken off the Public Accounts committee, the Health Committee and the European Affairs Commitee
Independent TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the Government was clearly closing down dissent.
However, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said it was "normal process".
He said he welcomed the new "kinder" Fianna Fail approach to dissent. He pointed out that Mr Martin last year had removed Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv as deputy leader and banned him from outlining his opposition to the fiscal treaty.
"Deputy O Cuiv, who was deputy leader, was silenced, an order of omerta placed upon him," he said.
Mr Howlin also referred to Mr Boyd Barrett's criticism by saying that he did not know what position he had taken on independent TD Mick Wallace being asked to leave the Technical Group last year.
"I don't know where you stood in relation to my poor constituency colleague in terms of keeping him out or keeping him in," he said.