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week in numbers

How many people will pass through Dublin Airport this Christmas? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How many sex workers held a vigil outside Leinster House this week?

EVERY SATURDAY ON we bring you a selection of the statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

€100 million: The expected shortfall in the HSE’s budget for hospitals next year. The organisation released its 2016 service plan this week.

18,000: The number of people who signed a petition requesting that Conor McGregor be given a civic reception in Dublin next month.

925,000: The number of passengers Dublin Airport expects to pass through its gates this Christmas season.

60 million: The number of people the UNHCR say will be displaced worldwide in 2015.

0: The chances of snow this Christmas.

25,000: The number of houses Ireland will need to build for the next few years to get out of the housing crisis.

20: The number of sex workers and supporters that held a vigil outside Leinster House on Thursday.

4: The number of league games Chelsea have won this season. Their manager José Mourinho was sacked this week.

2016: The year the GAA says it will start blood testing.

40,000: The number of cars Iran has impounded over women not covering their hair with headscarves.

1,087: The number of public schools that were closed in Los Angeles after a threat was called in.

144: The number of years the Lunacy Regulations Act was on Ireland’s statute books before it was finally repealed this week.   

21: The age of a British traveller whose disappearance sparked an international search. It later emerged he had been just “chilling out” and “perhaps having a bit too much fun”.

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