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Dublin: 4 °C Wednesday 1 October, 2014

Heat waves and earthquakes: The week in numbers

How hot was it on Thursday? How much do Irish people over-drink? And how much reading does James Reilly have this weekend?

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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.

1,539,822 – The number of self-assessed returns for the new Local Property Tax received by the deadline of 8pm on Wednesday, according to the Revenue Commissioners, who reckon there are around 200,000 homes not accounted for so far.

1,845,600 – The number of people in work in Ireland in the first quarter of 2013, while 292,000 were out of work. The unemployment rate fell through a combination of people finding part-time work and others leaving the labour force entirely.

3.8 - The magnitude of an earthquake in Wales in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It was felt as far away as Bray and Carlow!

729 – The number of councillors Ireland will lose after next year’s local elections. Proposals published on Thursday, which incorporate the abolition of town councils and only a minor expansion in county council numbers, will see the numbers from 1,647 to 918.

1,642 – The number of pages in the Oireachtas health committee’s report to James Reilly on the draft abortion bill. Some long weekend reading for the minister…

€5,413.76 – The annual pay cut that TDs will take from July under the Haddington Road proposals. Members will lose 5.5 per cent of their first €80,000, and 8 per cent of the remaining €12,672 they’re currently paid.

€142,000 - The amount owed to 17 Irish teachers who haven’t yet been paid for teaching students in Libya who were meant to be taking the Leaving Cert in 2011. The teachers had to leave Libya during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi and haven’t yet been paid for their work.

€4,638,960.78 - The approximate amount that Ireland has lost in minting 1c coins since 2004. Ireland’s minted 713.6 million coins worth 1c each – but it costs 1.65 cent to mint each one.

€228,000,000NAMA’s profit for 2012, a slight reduction on its profits for 2011.

94 – The number of people who sleep rough in Dublin on an average night.

89.8 per cent – The amount of donations to Concern in 2012 which were spent directly on charitable work. The worldwide charity spent almost €15 million on administration, out of total donations of €147 million.

700 – The number of safe servings of alcohol that Irish people drink each year. The EU’s Food Safety Authority says Irish people drink 11 litres of pure alcohol a year – when a safe annual amount is actually 15 ml.

20.1°C – The highest temperature in Ireland during Thursday’s belter of a day, recorded by the Met Éireann automatic station at Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford.

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