Minister for Health James Reilly has said the Health Service Executive is looking into teenage website, after it published an article on sexual activity.

The website has defended the advice, saying it does not encourage teenagers to engage in "threesomes” but informs them of the reasons why they may or may not enjoy the experience.

In a statement, said it exists to “provide balanced, reliable and responsible information for 16 to 25 year olds only.

"The age of consent in Northern Ireland is 16, is an all-island charity”.

The age of consent in the Republic is 17. also claimed that the Sunday Independent wrongly stated that it receives €250,000 in State funding.

The statement said: "We receive €124,000 in total and this was confirmed with the journalist in question at 11.50am on Saturday March 23rd by phone."

Minister Reilly said he believes the information on the HSE-funded website is not an "appropriate" use of State money.