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High Court, Mars, and Niall Horan: The week in numbers

Plus: Where did Michael Noonan rank out of Europe’s Finance Ministers in a Financial Times list?

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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.

3.75 billion The amount in euros raised by selling Irish bonds this week with investors snapping up the offerings as Ireland dipped into the bond market for the first time since the bailout exit last month.

49,304 – The number of mortgages which have been restructured so far after agreements were reached between financial institutions and homeowners.

20,000 – The approximate number of people who applied for jobs in An Garda Síochána for just 300 positions. It was the first recruitment drive since 2009.

1,058  - The number of people who have been shortlisted to become the first humans to travel to Mars. Astrophysicist Dr Joseph Roche is the only Irish person to make the list.

374 – The number of patients stuck on trolleys in hospitals on Wednesday of this week – the highest figure in almost a year.

80 – The percentage of people killed on Ireland’s roads last year who were men according to figures from the Road Safety Authority.

49 – The percentage of black men in the United States who have been arrested by the age of 23, according to a major new study into racial divides in the criminal justice system.

28 – The number of councillors who have now left the Labour Party over its role in government after two more left this week.

5 – The number of Irish people who made the Forbes lists of 30 under 30, including golfer Rory McIlroy, One Direction’s Niall Horan, and entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison.

3 – The number of judges appointed to the High Court this week by President Michael D Higgins.

1 – The number of people who have died of avian flu in North America. Canadian authorities confirmed the death this week.

1 – Michael Noonan’s ranking as a Minister for Finance out of all of Europe, according to the Financial Times. Noonan got the accolade for his “extraordinary progress” since 2011.

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