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Prime Numbers

Votes, jobs, breakfast rolls and magic mushrooms: Ireland in numbers, 2015

The figures that framed the last 12 months/52 weeks/365 days/8760 hours/31,536,000 seconds.


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

Before we cross over into 2016, here’s a special bumper edition, to remind you of the figures that featured in the last 12 months of news from Ireland.

150 billion: The value, in euros, of the November merger between Dublin-based Allergan, and Pfizer, creating the largest drug-maker in history.

1,482,885,723: The amount, in euros, of money frozen in Irish financial institutions due to UN and EU sanctions on the family and associates of the late former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

494,960,590: The value, in euros, of drugs seized by Gardaí and Revenue since 2010, which still have not been destroyed.

72,611,398: The number of old twenty-pound notes exchanged by the Central Bank from the switch to the Euro in 2002, up to October 2015.

10 million: The amount, in euros, lost to the taxpayer in transactions involving IBRC that are being examined by Judge Brian Cregan.

5,000,000: The amount, in euros, revealed to have been paid to the FAI by FIFA in 2010, in the wake of Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to France, after Thierry Henry’s infamous handball.

1,201,607: The number of people who voted “YES” to a referendum on the 34th Amendment of the Irish Constitution in May, allowing for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

535,000: The value, in euros, of the head of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA)’s salary package in 2013. He stepped down from his position in November.

400,000: The amount, in dollars, that the American fundraising branch of Sinn Féin received over the last 12 months.

177,000: The number of women who have travelled from Ireland to the UK for abortions since 1971.

140,000: The amount, in euros, that a homeless man found dead in the Phoenix Park in May, had in his bank account weeks before his death.

48,000: The number of homes that were left without electricity after Storm Barney swept through Ireland in November.

30,000: The number of breakfast rolls that were eaten at the National Ploughing Championships, which was attended by 200,000 people in September.

7,735: The number of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean by the Irish naval ships Eithne, Niamh, and Samuel Beckett, in 2015.

2,900: The number of additional refugees the Irish government committed to take in. In 2015, some 850,571 migrants and refugees travelled to Europe by sea.

2,620: The number text messages retrieved and analysed by gardaí in the Elaine O’Hara murder investigation, which ended in Graham Dwyer’s conviction in March.

1,500: The amount, in euros, that a 90-year-old woman was ordered to pay in September, for having a satellite dish on her house.

1,112: The number of foreign civilian aircraft carrying weapons that have been allowed to fly over or land in Ireland, between 2014 and September 2015.

785: The number of years that Oxford University has had a male Vice-Chancellor. In May, Irish woman Professor Louise Richardson was appointed to the role.

480: The number of people directly employed by Clerys who lost their jobs following the closure of the historic Dublin department store in June.

322: The amount, in euros, that will be saved by a person earning €30,000 a year, after the USC was reduced in October’s budget. 

254: The number of New York St Patrick’s Day parades that have taken place without the inclusion of an Irish LGBT group. This will change in 2016, after an announcement in September.

113: The age of Kathleen Rollins-Snavely, the oldest Irish person, when she died in July.

88: The percentage of medical students in Ireland who are considering or planning to emigrate once they qualify as doctors.

60: The approximate number of hours during which ecstasy, ketamine, magic mushrooms and other drugs were legal in Ireland in March. 

30–40: The estimated height in feet of the inflatable minion that caused chaos in Dublin, and attracted worldwide headlines in August.

33: The number of charges former Anglo CEO David Drumm faces if he’s extradited to Ireland.

30.3: The average age of Irish women when they have their first child, according to HSE figures.

29: The number of hours a 91-year-old man with Parkinson’s spent on a hospital trolley in November.

24-26: The number of hours gardaí believe baby Maria was alive for before she was found beside a road in Dublin in May.

23: The number of times the phrases “no recollection”, “no specific recollection”, and “no memory” appeared in the Fennelly Commission report into the departure of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

23: The minimum number of years Karen Buckley’s killer Alexander Pacteau will spend in prison.

22: The number of life sentences Derek Brockwell was serving in the UK before escaping to Ireland.

17.5: The percentage of Irish-born people who currently live abroad, the highest among all OECD countries.

17:1: The ratio between Norway and Ireland’s per capita acceptance of refugees in the last three years.

8: The number of students who achieved 800 points or more in this year’s Leaving Cert.

4: The number of redactions made to the judgement in the case of Denis O’Brien v RTÉ in June.

1.25: The percentage interest rate Catherine Murphy TD said she understands Denis O’Brien was paying on debts to IBRC.

0.51: The amount, in euros, that an undocumented Pakistani worker was earning per hour at a restaurant in Clondalkin. He was awarded €92,500 in unpaid wages in June.

Read: Every Week In Numbers of 2015>

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