Northern Ireland

Irish Army bomb expert injured in Cork blast

A member of the Irish Army bomb disposal team has received minor injuries while attempting to make a device under a car in Cork safe.

It was discovered in Mervue Lawn housing estate in Ballyvolane at about 22:00 GMT on Sunday.

He was lying alongside the car examining the device when it detonated.

He was brought to Cork University Hospital suffering from shock but his injuries are described as minor.

The alarm was raised after a neighbour spotted a man interfering with a car which was parked on the street.

About 100 homes were evacuated for four hours while the bomb disposal team dealt with the device.

Several hundred people, including young children and elderly residents, were accommodated in a local church.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes after 02:00 GMT on Monday after the device was made safe.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested for questioning.

He is being detained under section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.