A judge has given the all-clear for work to begin on a controversial £100m golf course development near the famous Giant's Causeway on Ulster's north coast.

Mr Justice Weatherup dismissed a legal challenge by the National Trust, which claimed the project could have a serious impact on the UNESCO designated world heritage site.

More than a decade after the initial planning application was lodged, the High Court judge in Belfast endorsed last year's decision by Northern Ireland’s Minister of Environment Alex Attwood to give the go-ahead for a championship golf course and five-star hotel.

It is to be built outside the village of Bushmills, Co Antrim, about 2km from the Causeway, one of the country's main tourist attractions.