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Clerys, credit unions and clashes: The week in numbers

Plus: How many people have visited the church in Spain with the botched fresco of Jesus?

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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.

1/2 – The proportion of Labour TDs and Senators who are in favour of abolishing the Seanad. The party will support the  referendum to abolish the upper house but its chief whip says there is a 50-50 split in the parliamentary party on the issue.

1.60 – The amount the Seanad costs each citizen per year, according to former Tánaiste Michael McDowell.

32 - The percentage of college students who live away from home – down from 49 per cent just two years ago – according to a survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions.

50 - The number of people suspected of cheating in the Leaving Certificate this year, according to the State Examination Commission.

54 – The number of students in Libya who got their Leaving Certificate results this week. The exam has been offered at one school in Libya since 1997.

86 – The number of staff who have been laid off at Clerys due to the extensive damage caused by a storm in July. Management say the lay-offs are temporary and short-term.

407.28 – The average weekly income of an elderly person in Ireland, according to the Central Statistics Office. The figure dropped by more than €20 in two years.

600 – The number of people believed to have died in clashes in Egypt on Wednesday, the bloodiest day in the country’s history.

825 – The average amount in euros that teenage girls spend on their debs, according to a survey out this week.

40,000 – The number of people who have visited a church in Spain which became famous after an 81-year-old volunteer botched her attempt to restore a fresco of Jesus.

95,000,000 - The amount in dollars Forbes magazines estimates that 50 Shades of Grey author EL James earned last year alone, making her the top earning author in the world in 2012. James Patterson was second with $91 million.

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