An improvised explosive device has been made safe after it was discovered in Tullamore, Co Offaly, this afternoon.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team was called to the scene after gardaí had found the suspicious device during a search operation in an industrial unit.

Experts arrived at the scene shortly after 1pm, examined the IED in location and rendered it safe.

A statement from the Defence Forces said the area was cordoned off but a controlled explosion was not required.