A man in his 40s has been arrested after two suspicious objects were found in a house in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, last night.

He is being questioned at Newcastle West Garda Station.

The devices, which were later declared non-viable, were discovered in rented accommodation on Maiden Street in the town just after 10pm.

A number of local residents were forced to leave their homes and had to stay in a nearby hotel.

The street was sealed off by gardaí as a precaution, but has since been reopened.

Army bomb disposal personnel also attended the scene.