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Ryanair, female bishops and obese kids: The week in numbers

Plus: how much money is the Government hoping to get from the sale of Bord Gais Energy?

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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 1c and 2c coins being used in Wexford town as part of a Central Bank trial to see if Ireland should phase out the use of the tiny coins.

0.4 – The percentage by which Ireland’s economy grew in the second quarter of this year, meaning that Ireland has technically emerged from recession this week.

1 – The number of women bishops in Ireland, after the Church of Ireland appointed Reverend Pat Storey to oversee Meath and Kildare.

19 – The number of hours it took to pull the submerged Costa Concordia upright during a complicated operation off the coast of Italy earlier this week. The ship will be towed away next year.

25 – The percentage of three-year-olds in Ireland who are overweight or obese, according to the Growing Up in Ireland study.

43 – The number of years that three teenagers had been missing from an Oklahoma town before their bodies were discovered in a submerged car in a lake on Tuesday. The three friends had disappeared after heading to a school football game.

60 – The height in feet of a big yellow duck which is currently harboured in a er, harbour in Taiwan. The bath-toy replica will be on display for a month.

62 – The number of years since Mayo won the All-Ireland Football Final. The team will be hoping to overcome Dublin – who last won in 2011 – in tomorrow’s final.

63 – The percentage of secondary school teachers in the ASTI who voted in favour of rejecting the Haddington Road agreement on Friday, sparking the likelihood of industrial action at schools.

79 – The percentage of people in Ireland who are against supporting military intervention in Syria, according to a Red C poll.

188 – The amount in euros that Ryanair are to refund Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar after the Dublin-based neurosurgeon was told he would have to pay extra to switch flights during the week. He was flying to England after his wife and three sons were killed in a house fire.

1,000,000,000 – The amount of money in euros the Government is hoping to get from the sale of Bord Gais Energy, which is due to be confirmed in the next three months. The money will be used to pay down debt and for job creation measures.

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