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Prime Numbers

What year will menthol cigarettes be made illegal in Ireland? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How fast can hackers crack your password if it’s too simple?

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

21 May: The date certain stops along the Luas Red Line will close to facilitate construction of the Luas Cross City.

0.25: The numbers of milliseconds it would take hackers to crack your password if it was ‘qwerty’, ’1234567′ or ‘abc123′.

22°C: The maximum temperature that was forecast for this weekend! But rain is also on the cards.

2: The number of months the New Day newspaper was in existence for before it closed up shop this week.

€47 million: The amount of money Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay by a US court over a link between its talcum powder and cancer.

€500: The note is on the way out, as it is believed to be favoured by criminals for moving large sums of money around without the authorities knowing.

$324 million: the amount of money seven big banks in the US agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit accusing them of market manipulation of interest rates.

2026: The year that the Metro North is due to be completed. But whatever happened to the Swiftway bus service that was due to speed up the trip between the airport and the city centre.

8: The hours future planned Luas strikes for June will last for as an agreement shows no signs of being reached in the near future.

288: The number of allegations made against the Catholic Church found in the latest tranche of child protection reviews released by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

2020: The year menthol cigarettes could be banned in Ireland, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared legal a swathe of plans to change how cigarettes should be presented and sold.

59: The number of TDs who voted for Enda Kenny yesterday – securing his election as Taoiseach.

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