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How much has the Garda Band cost the Irish taxpayer over the past three years? It's the week in numbers

Plus: The top 10 trending searches in Ireland for all of 2016.

Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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

20: The number of years Bobby Kerr has been involved with coffee chain Insomnia. He announced this week he would be leaving the business to focus on other interests.

€5.5 million: The amount of money the Garda Band has cost the Irish taxpayer over the past three years.

449: The capacity in millilitres of a typical wine glass in England – compared to 66ml in 1700.

12: The number of weeks legal abortion should be allowed to take place up to, as recommended this week by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

2: The number of Dublin city councillors who voted against stripping Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the Freedom of the City this week.

10: Here are the top 10 trending searches in Ireland for all of 2017 – with Hurricane Ophelia coming out on top.

40%: The percentage decline in the number of this species of gull since the 1970s.

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5%: The percentage that Ireland’s unemployment is expected to fall to in 2018, according to the ESRI.

843: The number of drink driving cases dealt with by the poor box in 2015, prompting concerns around how such cases are handled by the courts.

695: The number of people who died in 2015 as a result of overdoses, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.

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