The Minister for Justice is expected to make a decision in the coming days on an application from the Dublin County Coroner for the exhumation of the body of an unidentified newborn girl stabbed to death 33 years ago.

Dr Kieran Geraghty wrote to Michael McDowell last Friday requesting the exhumation in the hope that DNA profiling might help identify the baby.

Speaking after this morning's hearing, the woman who says she is the baby's mother, Cynthia Owen, said it was time the truth came out.

Dr Geraghty's decision to request an exhumation at the Angels Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery was revealed earlier as the inquest into the infant’s death was further adjourned.

In April 1973, the girl was found stabbed to death in a laneway in Dún Laoghaire in south Dublin. She was buried in the Angels Plot without ever being identified.

In the 1990s Ms Owen contacted gardaí saying she had given birth to the girl as a result of being sexually abused as a child. She also told of seeing a person stabbing the baby to death at a location in south Dublin.

Last September, the coroner formally reopened proceedings to try and establish the identity of the baby and the circumstances of her death.

Last February, the coroner said there was a possibility of an exhumation taking place.