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How much money does it cost parents to send their kids back to school? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How many drug offences were handled by the District Court last year?

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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

151: The number of Pokémon you can catch in Nintendo’s new Pokémon Go app that is taking the internet by storm.

2,751: The number of housing units in local authority ownership lying vacant, according to statistics released under Freedom of Information legislation.

15%: The percentage rise in road deaths in Ireland so far compared to last year.

6: The number of years David Cameron spent as UK prime minister. The former Conservative Party leader stepped down this week.

26%: The percentage rise in Ireland’s GDP last year, according to official statistics. The growth appears skewed by one-off events and has drawn the scorn of some of the world’s top economists, with one labelling it “Leprechaun economics”.

€1,185: The average cost to parents of sending their child back to school following the school holidays.

1,535%: The percentage rise in people on hospital waiting lists over the past two years, according to a analysis of National Treatment Purchase Fund statistics.

1.1 million: The number of viewers that tuned into the first airing of Irish drama Red Rock on the BBC this week.

€9 million: The amount of money Galway’s long-awaited and controversial Picture Palace cinema is expected to cost after going significantly over-budget and costing a lot more than expected.

30,000: The number of drugs offences dealt with by the District Court in 2015, according to the Annual Report of the Courts Service, which was published this week.

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