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Madeline McCann, Ryanair and online shopping: The week in numbers

Plus: How many words were in the Budget Day speeches given by Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin? Clue: a lot.

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

57 – The percentage of internet users in Ireland who have bought something online in the past 12 months according to a new EU-wide report.

300+ – The number of phone calls police in England received, as well as more than 170 emails, in connection with the Madeleine McCann case after they broadcast an appeal for the missing child on the BBC.

8,324 – The total number of words in the combined Budget speeches by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on Tuesday (for the record, Noonan’s speech had 5,327 words while Howlin’s had 2,997).

1,000 + – The number of NCT certificates stolen from an NCT centre in Drogheda by two men wearing Hallowe’en masks.

€1.06 million – The amount that the violin reputedly played by the Titanic’s bandmaster as the ship sank sold for at an auction today.

1.89 million – The number of tourists who visited Ireland between April and June this year – an increase of more than 4 per cent on the previous year.

€66 million – The amount of money that Ryanair was briefly selling cabin luggage for on its website during the week. Oops.

€1.44 billion – The estimated amount that cancer has cost Ireland in just one year, equivalent to 0.89 per cent of GDP.

€2,500,000,000 – The total amount the Government aimed to save through taxes and cuts in Tuesday’s Budget 2014 announcement.

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