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Budgets, ballots and TDs getting booted: the week in statistics

How much is the government overspending by? How much money is Greece about to save? And who’s the richest Irishman alive?

2: Ireland hooker Rory Best became Ireland's number 1 today when he captained the Irish rugby team for the third time.
2: Ireland hooker Rory Best became Ireland's number 1 today when he captained the Irish rugby team for the third time.
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EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers you a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

€3,789 – That’s how much one TD thinks the government is overspending by, for every single person in the country. Noel Harrington produced the figures as part of his campaign to encourage a Yes vote in the fiscal compact referendum.

12,000+ – The number of people who showed up to the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS last weekend – so many people that the doors had to be shut early on Sunday as organisers could not cater to any more people. 250 jobs were reportedly offered at the event.

0 – The number of people who appeared to think Vladimir Putin might not win last Sunday’s presidential election in Russia. Vlad took 64 per cent of the vote, avoiding the need for a run-off election – but TD Eoghan Murphy, who was part of a mission observing the ballot, said the result was “never in doubt” given how the media and authorities had skewed the election.

10 – The number of states in which Republican voters chose their presidential candidate in ‘Super Tuesday’ votes this week. Romney won in six states – including a narrow win in the key state of Ohio – but is not yet home and dry, as Rick Santorum kept up the pace with three wins of his own.

47 per cent – The proportion of its jobs which AIB will have cut in the last four years, when it completes a programme under which 2,500 jobs will go. At the time of the banking crisis the bank employed 22,000 people around the world – but with various sell-offs and rationalisations, it’ll have downsized dramatically by next year.

85.8 per cent – The percentage of people owed money by the Greek government and who agreed to a deal this week which would see them take losses of up to 75 per cent on their investment. The deal will save Greece €100bn – and is needed so that they can get another €130bn in bailout loans.

152 – The number of days for which the plaza outside the Central Bank had played host to the Occupy Dame Street movement. Having set up on October 8 last, the camp was dismantled by Gardaí in an early-morning operation on Thursday morning.

38 – The combined age of two Irish people who were among six people charged by the FBI in New York this week in connection with various activities of the hacker groupe LulzSec. The two 19-year-old students are accused of engineering an attack on the Fine Gael website last year, and several other sites.

14.6 per cent – Ireland’s unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to figures for the CSO this week. 302,000 people were unemployed at the end of 2011 – an increase of 3,000 on the previous year.

133 – The number of hours per week for which the average teenage girl is lying or sitting down, according to a study carried out by academics in UL. The study found that girls were only on their feet or active for five hours a day.

49 per cent – Almost half of Irish residents now own a smartphone, according to figures published by Red C this week. The 49 per cent ownership, as of November, contrasted with just 35 per cent in the previous March.

$9.7 billion – The estimated fortune of Pallonji Mistry, the richest Irishman you’ve never heard of. The Indian conglomerate magnate is the richest of the five Irish billionaires in the list of 1,226. So who is he? We’ve had a look.

12 (or so) – The approximate number of members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party who were prepared to attend a photocall on Thursday afternoon celebrating the party’s first year in office. FG said it cancelled the stunt because Labour weren’t holding one – but TDs had not wanted to show up to the event on the same day as the AIB job losses.

6 – The number of people who have been kicked out of the 31st Dáil in its first year. Pearse Doherty is the latest addition to the list: he was booted out on Thursday after refusing to obey the orders of the Ceann Comhairle in a row about the new Secretary-General at the Department of Finance. (There’s more stats from the first year of the new Dáil over here.)

Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >

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