The Minister for Children told the Dáil that the High Court is currently hearing a petition relating to the recent Supreme Court decision on the Government's campaign during the Children’s Referendum.

Frances Fitzgerald said that this petition has been adjourned until January 2013, adding that it would be inappropriate for her say too much for fear of prejudicing it.

Minister Fitzgerald, however, referred the Dáil to comments made by her in early November in which she expressed regret about the errors that took place.

She said that all publications issued by the Government during the campaign were published in order to provide information to the public, and that that governments have carried out this role since the McKenna judgement.

She welcomed the fact that the Supreme Court has, for the first time since 1995, set down guidelines in this regard.

Fianna Fáil Deputy Robert Troy, who raised the issue during Ministers’ Questions, asked for information about who had made the decision to print the information booklet.

But he was told by the minister that she would not prejudice the impending judgement.

Deputy Troy alleged that the decision to publish the booklet in question was politically motivated.

Minister Fitzgerald rejected this, having earlier quoted that the Supreme Court judges had accepted that the Government had acted in a bona fide manner.

Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin raised the issue again. Minister Fitzgerald said that specific efforts were made to avoid confusion with the Referendum Commission's ad campaign. She said that the Department name was prominently displayed on the booklet in question.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said he did not doubt the minister's motivation, but he added that we have to learn from the past.

He said that the dissemination of information should be left only to the Referendum commission.

Mr Ó Caoláin added that the component parts of government must be responsible for paying for what they produce.