Ms Y, the asylum seeker who unsuccessfully sought an abortion after arriving in Ireland pregnant as a result of an alleged rape, has launched a civil action for damages.

Her action against the State includes a claim for alleged trespass, assault and battery; alleged negligence; and the alleged reckless and intentional infliction of emotional harm and suffering.

It also includes a claim for alleged breach of duty; alleged false imprisonment and alleged unlawful deprivation of liberty.

The woman further claims there was interference with and a failure to vindicate her rights under the Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights.

The High Court today made an order under the Refugee Act preventing the publication of any matter which could identify the woman.

It also allowed her to continue with the proceedings under the pseudonym Ms Y, from Dublin.

In his judgment, Mr Justice Cross referred to a document sworn by the woman's solicitor in which it was stated Ms Y came to this country in 2014.

She became suicidal when she discovered she was pregnant and said she had been kidnapped and raped in her country of origin.

She sought the termination of her pregnancy but medical procedures were performed under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 and a baby was delivered by caesarean section.

Mr Justice Cross said he had no doubt that the publication of the woman's name would result in a breach of the Refugee Act and he granted the order under that Act.