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Rain, post offices and skyscrapers: the week in statistics

Plus: Where does Ireland rank in the world press freedom index – and how many people are visiting Ireland this year?

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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.

2 – The number of times that the Empire State Building has lost its crown as the tallest building in New York City. The new One World Trade Center this week surpassed it, breaching the ESB’s 381m height while still under construction.

64 years – The time it took a postcard from Chicago to make it to its intended recipient in Virginia. Scott McMurry’s mother sent him a postcard from Shedd Aquarium in 1958, but it ended up in a Florida mailbox, whose owner used Facebook to track down the intended recipient.

22.5 millimetres - The rain that fell in one day at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell last month. That’s 0.9 inches, and constitutes the highest rainfall in the country last month, which was the wettest April so far this century.

13 – The number of children under the age of 18 who were victims of alleged human trafficking in Ireland last year.

62 – The number of journalists worldwide who were killed while working in 2011. Thursday marked World Press Freedom Day, where Ireland was again named one of the countries with the highest press freedom, at 15th in the world.

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1,065 – The number of employees in AIB, Permanent TSB and IBRC – all of which are almost wholly owned by the State – who earn more than €100,000 a year, according to figures published by Michael Noonan this week.

139 daysThe number of days between the Vita Cortex workers being laid off, and Thursday when they agreed a settlement for their redundancy dispute.

1,165,100 – The number of overseas visitors to Ireland in the first quarter of 2012, according to the CSO: that’s down by a relatively insignificant 13,700 on the same period last year. Trips from Britain are up, but from Europe and North America are down.

934,260 – The number of households which had registered to pay the Household Charge, or to claim a waiver from it, as of Thursday – the same day that Phil Hogan claimed there would be no extension of the deadline to pay up.

$1.05 billion - The amount in cash – in cash! - that Mark Zuckerberg is set to make if the Facebook flotation goes as planned. He’s selling 30.2 million shares which are to be priced at between $28 and $35 each.

€60.6 million – The amount that Irish postmasters believe could be saved each year if Ireland scrapped motor tax offices and allowed people to pay their motor tax at post offices.

449,000 – The number of listeners commanded by Morning Ireland in the first quarter of 2012, cementing its position as the most listened-to programme in the country by gaining 3,000 listeners. Less joy for Derek Mooney though, who was the JNLR’s largest loser with 12,000.

€470 million - The approximate amount payable to the State by 18 congregations which ran the residential institutions in which residents were abused. Education minister Ruairí Quinn has insisted the institutions must stump up the full amount remaining.

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