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How many Neymars would it take to fix Irish Water? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How much social welfare recipients can earn by milking cows and how many inmates escaped a prison using peanut butter.

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

€222 million – the price paid by French football club Paris St-Germain for Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar.

15 – if you multiplied the amount paid for Neymar fifteen times, you would get around the figure that Irish Water says will be needed between now and 2021 to invest in 673km of old water pipes.

€800 – the amount it costs to send a secondary student back to school in September.

€5,000 – the amount that some social welfare recipients can earn by working part-time at a dairy farm for a year.

70 – the number of people, many of them teenagers, who got into difficulty on the Mourne Mountains before being rescued on Wednesday.

€1.7 million – the amount that has been spent by government ministers on taxis, car hire and limos over the past two years.

12 – the number of inmates that escaped from an Alabama jail using some ingenuity and a dollop of peanut butter.

30 – the age that the National Lottery turned this week. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared on Wednesday’s broadcast of the lotto numbers.

7 – the number of priests turned away from a Welsh pub after being mistaken for a stag do.

€495,000 – the earnings of RTÉ’s highest paid star, Ryan Tubridy, in 2015.

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Sean Murray

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