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News in brief: Oil spill leaves 5,000 without water

Up to 5,000 people in Connemara are turning back the clock and returning to the 'bucket day' of old after their water supply was contaminated.

Residents of Carraroe and the surrounding area have been instructed not to use their tap water for drinking, cooking or washing after home heating oil was found in the public supply.

The restrictions, announced by Galway County Council apply to all users of the Carraroe public water supply, as well as members of the Camus group water scheme.

In a notice to householders, the council said that an accidental spillage of home heating oil had found its way into the public water supply. The council now plans to flush out the system and rid the pipes of any traces of oil before restoring it.

But there was no indication yesterday of how long the 1,800 home and business owners would be without clean water.

Council workmen yesterday installed water tanks at a number of locations in Carraroe village, but these were not expected to be filled until today.

Spelling error hits Seanad ballot paper

The National University of Ireland (NUI) has been left red-faced after a spelling error on ballot papers it sent out for the forthcoming Seanad elections.

The typographical error occurs on the back of the ballot paper where the letter 's' is missing from the body's name and is incorrectly printed as 'National Univerity of Ireland'.

NUI registrar, Dr Attracta Halpin, yesterday said the mistake was "very much" regretted but she stressed that it did not invalidate the election process.

Tram hits ambulance on medical call

A man was taken to hospital last night after a tram was in collision with an ambulance.

The ambulance was parked near the Luas tram line at Store Street, Dublin. A crew member was attending a man in his 40s who had collapsed when a passing Red Line tram collided with the side of the vehicle -- bringing the service to a standstill.

Earlier the Tallaght-bound service was suspended when an elderly woman collapsed between two tram lines at Blackhall Place in Dublin.

LinkedIn to create 100 jobs at HQ

UP to 100 Irish jobs are to be created by the world's largest professional networking website.

The popular networking site, LinkedIn, will advertise the jobs at the company's international headquarters in Dublin over the next 12 months.

Repentant garage robber returns cash

A man who raided a service station had second thoughts and handed back the money minutes afterwards. A file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions after the man returned "a couple of hundred euro" he had just taken in a raid on the garage.

Staff at the station on the outskirts of Mullingar, Co Westmeath, handed the cash over when confronted by a man holding an imitation gun at 5.30am yesterday.

Mullingar gardai said the cash was "immediately" handed back by the man before he left the station. The suspect, who is in his 20s was arrested nearby a short time later.

Gardai seize cannabis worth 240,000 euro

Gardai stopped a car yesterday and uncovered a haul of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of 240,000 euro.

A man in his early 30s was also arrested when gardai from Carlow moved in on the car on the southbound lane of t he M9 at Johnstown, Bennekerry, Co Carlow, shortly before 1.30pm yesterday.

The garda operation was part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the south-east.

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