The High Court has granted the gardaí permission to release information about a teenage girl they have been unable to identify.

The girl, believed to be in her mid teens has been in the care of the Heath Services Executive for several weeks, after being found in a distressed state by the gardaí in Dublin.

This afternoon, Mr Justice George Birmingham granted the gardaí an order allowing them to release information concerning the teen to the print and broadcast media.

Lawyers for the Garda Commissioner had told the court yesterday that Gardai had exhausted every avenue in their efforts to identify her.

The gardaí believe that a criminal offence has been committed against the girl, who is currently receiving treatment and is in the care of the HSE.

The girl's court-appointed guardian supported the garda application.

Felix McEnroy SC on behalf of the guardian said it was in the girl's best interests that steps be taken to identify her.

The HSE was against a picture of the girl being published. Its lawyers said professionals who have been working with her believe publication could have "a disturbing effect on her."

Mr Justice Birmingham had adjourned the matter until Monday but this afternoon lawyers returned to court and the judge agreed to make the order.