EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.
4,000,000,000 – The amount of money that the controversial Universal Social Charge will bring in to the Exchequer next year, according to forecasts by the Department of Finance.
73,395 – The total number of cars that have been sold so far this year in Ireland (a decrease of 20 on this time last year).
1,928 – The number of people who died in Ireland last year following a stroke – the first time the figure has fallen below 2,000 in years.
58 – The number of teachers who have taken teaching positions on JobBridge, the national internship scheme, according to figures released this week.
26 – The number of Labour Party councillors who have resigned from the party over its performance in Government – including three this week alone – in the past two and a half years.
21 – The soon-to-be minimum age for purchasing cigarettes in New York City following a vote this week.
13.2 – The current unemployment rate, as of Thursday. The number of people signing on to the Live Register fell below 400,000 for the first time since 2009 this month.
12.3 – The percentage rise in house prices in Dublin over the past year, the fastest increase since just before the property bubble imploded six years ago.
5 – The minimum number of nights that water restrictions will be in place in the greater Dublin area as local authorities battle to fix a major problem at a water treatment plant.
4.65 – The new maximum height in metres of vehicles on Ireland’s roads. The new rule is designed for rail safety and to protect bridges from being hit by tall lorries.
3 – The number of years it has been since the Seán O’Casey Bridge in Dublin has been able to open to shipping after the key to the bridge was apparently lost in 2010. Oops.