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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Suspect device outside house

A controlled explosion has been carried out on an suspect device outside a house in Buncrana, Co Donegal.

Minor damage was caused to the front door of the premises by the blast.

A Defence Forces spokesman said nearby homes had been evacuated by gardai and a cordon put in place for public safety before the team arrived at 2.30pm.

"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," he said.

"The scene was declared safe at 3.40pm and the team returned to base."

It is believed the device may have been left as part of a family feud.

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The Civil Public and Services Union lodged a complaint, which had been heard by a rights commissioner.

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