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Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?

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EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

0 – The number of cavemen living in Ireland, according to Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte. He was responding to a question about whether people who don’t have a television or watch public service content on other devices would be exempt from the new broadcasting charge.

0 – The number of concerns Pat Rabbitte (again) has about Denis O’Brien being invited to the Global Irish Economic Forum later this year.

2 – The number of years it has been since Brian Cowen gave a public interview. His first interview since leaving office will be broadcast on TG4 on Thursday.

5 – The number of books renowned author JD Salinger is reported to have ordered to be published after his death, according to a new documentary and biography of the author of The Catcher in the Rye.

9 – The number of years in a row that Coca-Cola has been the top-selling brand in the Irish grocery market. Cue mass weeping from the nation’s dentists.

21.7 – The percentage of people in Ireland who smoke – a drop of almost 7 per cent since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban in 2004 – according to the Irish Cancer Society.

40 – The number of users the Irish Government asked Facebook for information about in the first six months of this year. Facebook handed over ‘some’ information in response to 71 per cent of the requests.

85 – The percentage of people who use their TV set – rather than laptops, phones or tablets – to watch television in their homes, according to new research.

695.78 – The amount in euros of the average weekly wage of workers between April and June of this year, according to new figures from the CSO – a tiny increase (0.4 per cent) on the same period one year ago. The CSO figures – which are gross, rather than net earnings – do not include the median weekly earnings.

5,000 – The number of badgers to be killed in England as part of a large cull which began on Tuesday in a bid to curb the spread of tuberculosis to cattle.

44,000 – The number of girls who have received the HPV vaccination in one year – an uptake rate of 86 per cent, and  a higher-than-expected rate, according to the HSE.

94,363 – The number of passports issued by Irish embassies around the world last year.

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