A viable improvised explosive device (IED) found in the garden of a private residence was made safe by the Army’s bomb disposal team this evening.

The bomb disposal team arrived on the scene at 8.30pm after the device was found by the homeowner at Ronanstown in County Dublin.

A cordon and road closures were put in place and a number of nearby houses were evacuated while the device was taken apart at the scene.

The IED was in an overgrown area of the garden and may have been there for some time, according to the Army. The scene was declared safe after an hour, and Gardaí removed evidence from the scene. An investigation is under way.

This is the 100th call out in 2014 for the bomb disposal squad, which has dealt with 36 viable devices so far this year.