An Army Bomb Disposal team made safe a viable improvised explosive device discovered outside a house in Dublin.

Gardaí called in the Defence Forces after a suspect device was spotted near a vehicle parked outside a private residence in the Belclare area of Ballymun in the early hours of this morning.

Nearby houses were evacuated and the device was made safe in a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 3.30am and gardaí are investigating the incident.