An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the north Dublin home of the late former Taoiseach Charles Haughey to be turned into a hotel and golf course.

Abbeville lies on a 200-acre estate in Kinsealy and was sold by Mr Haughey to Manor Park Homes in 2003 for a reputed €45 million.

Last October, Fingal County Council approved plans for a 70-bedroom hotel, 18-hole golf course and houses, but this was later appealed by An Taisce.

Today, An Bord Pleanála announced it was giving the project the green light subject to 35 conditions, which include a reduction in the number of houses to be built.

It has emerged that the senior inspector appointed to the case recommended refusal for traffic reasons, one of the points of appeal submitted by An Taisce.

However, when informed by An Bord Pleanála, the developers submitted a new plan for safe access onto the Malahide Road.

After considering the issue, it was decided that the inspector's recommended reason for refusal had been overcome by the developer.