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Fornication, planning and right-wing dictatorship: the week in statistics

Plus – the man who came back from the dead, the amount we have to spend each month, and how many Nokias in Manchester United?

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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.

6 – The number of previous instances in which the words ‘fornicate’ or ‘fornication’ were used in Dáil debates, before Michelle Mulherin made it 7 during her contributions on last week’s abortion bill.

111 – The number of TDs who voted against that bill, compared to 20 in its favour.

7,353 – The number of days since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the X Case was delivered; no Irish government in that time has introduced legislation allowing mothers whose lives are at risk to avail of an abortion.

0 – The number of county or city councils who scored an A or B grade in An Taisce’s ‘State of the Nation’ planning audit, published on Monday. Three councils scored over 70 per cent.

Less than €50 – The amount that over one million adults have left to spend each month after taking care of their bills, according to an Irish League of Credit Unions income tracker.

206 – The number of passengers on a flight from Istanbul to JFK who had to make an unscheduled landing in Dublin after a passenger mistook a dodgy old mobile phone for a suspicious device.

Five years – The duration of right-wing dictatorship that it’ll take to get Ireland back into ship-shape condition, according to Michael O’Leary. (Makes you appreciate democracy, doesn’t it?)

78 minutes – The length of time for which Fabrice Muamba was effectively dead after he collapsed on the pitch during a soccer match last month. Despite that, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder was discharged from hospital this week after 30 days in care. He walked out, smiling.

€11.5 million – The amount awarded by the High Court this week to Cullen Kennedy, a 10-year-old who suffered brain and spinal injuries in a car crash when he was 6. That’s the largest payout in a personal injury claim in the history of the State.

€3.622 billion – The amount by which exports from Ireland exceeded its imports in February. That’s slightly down on January, but still a fairly healthy figure.

6.57 per cent – The amount by which shares in Independent News & Media rose on Thursday after it was announced that Gavin O’Reilly had stepped down as chief executive. O’Reilly’s resignation will likely spur a renewed charge by Denis O’Brien to take over the company.

£1.39 billion (€1.69 billion)The value of Manchester United FC, according to Forbes, making it the world’s most valuable sports team. That status is likely to be lost next year, however, as United’s revenue suffers from its early elimination in the Champions’ League.

€929 million – The amount lost by Nokia from January to March, as the company’s share of the smartphone market plummeted. That, by comparison, is 55 per cent of the entire value of Manchester United.

62.5 per cent – The inflation in the market for Dublin clamping. The city council’s parking appeals officer wants to increase the clamping fine from €80 to €130.

16,132 – The number of hours that the Irish Air Corps’ Beechcraft Super King Air 200 plane has clocked up in its 32 years. The plane is now up for sale – but comes without any sort of warranty, so the 16,132 figure might never be increased.

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