A legal ban on identifying a Derry couple who have gone to court to try to stop the destruction of their embryos has been lifted.

Mary and Patrick Oliver Bradley are also seeking to be allowed to move the embryos to the Republic of Ireland should they fail to ensure their retention in the UK.

The embryos are being held at the regional fertility centre in Belfast after the couple, from Co Derry, sought a court injunction to prevent their destruction until the challenge is decided.

The case centres on the fact that the embryos would have been protected had Mary Bradley been born just a few days earlier.

Currently aged 55, she narrowly missed out on being covered by amendments to the UK's Changes to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act which came into effect on 1 October.

Prior to this date, the Act related to the age of the woman and not the age of the actual embryo.

The case has been adjourned until next month.