GARDAI in Donegal have launched an investigation after a bomb was left outside a house.
The device was defused on Monday by a bomb disposal team from the Irish Defence Forces.
The house in the Inishowen area was cordoned off after the owner noticed the device earlier on Monday morning.
Gardai placed a white security tape across the road outside the house and an Irish Defence Force bomb squad team were tasked to the scene.
The house where the find has been made is about a mile outside Gleneely in the townland of Carrow.
A farmyard next to the house was also sealed off during the alert.
An eye-witness said there are up to six Gardai at the scene.
“We don’t really know what has happened but one neighbour said that something has been left at the back of the house.
“We don’t know what it is but the Gardai are here and the area is being examined,” he said.
A Defence Forces spokesman said: “An Army Bomb Disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised explosive device in Gleneely, Co Donegal on Monday.
“The Defence Forces deployed a team to the scene by Air Corps AW -139 Helicopter following a request by Gardai.
“The suspect object was found outside a private residence and a cordon was put in place with some evacuations of nearby houses carried out for public safety.
“The Team Leader carried out a manual approach to examine the device in situ and the device was then rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion.
“All items of an evidential nature have now been handed over to the Gardai to assist them in their investigation of the incident.”
A Garda spokesman told Belfast Daily: “Gardaí at Buncrana are investigating the discovery of a suspicious object which was found in a dwelling at Carnmore, Gleneeley Co Donegal.
“The Defence Forces EOD carried out a controlled explosion at approx 3pm today.
“No further information is available at this point.”