Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has denied suggestions that the Government is leaving it to the last minute to agree and publish the wording for the children's referendum.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Ms Fitzgerald said her department was working with the Attorney General to ensure that the wording was constitutionally robust.

She also but stressed that plans for a referendum in the autumn were on track.

Ms Fitzgerald added that she believed there would be ample time for a strong public information campaign and robust debate.

She said: "If you look at the kind of time frames that we've had for referenda, there's adequate time, plenty of time to get the information out there to the public to have a strong campaign."