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Facebook, Haughey and Love/Hate: The week in numbers

Plus: What’s the average monthly rent in Ireland?

Francis Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud'.
Francis Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud'.
Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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

142,400,000 – The amount in dollars that Dublin-born Francis Bacon’s triptych painting of Lucien Freud sold for in Christie’s of New York on Tuesday, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

5,500,000 – The estimated amount in euros that Abbeville, the former home of Charles Haughey, is believed to have sold for this week, ten years after the former Taoiseach sold the Georgian mansion for €45 million.

1,007,500 – The average number of viewers who tuned in to the series finale of Love/Hate on RTÉ One last Sunday, making it one of the most popular programmes of the year so far.

6,972 – The number of people arrested as part of Operation Fiacla, the ongoing garda operation into burglary around the country, over the past eighteen months.

1,776 – The height in feet of 1 World Trade Center in New York, which this week was officially named the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

1,077 – The number of cases of gonorrhoea in Ireland so far this year, an increase of 33 per cent on previous years.

824 – The average monthly rent across Ireland according to a report out this week.

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404 – The top ‘word’ of 2013, according to the annual survey by the Global Language Monitor which put the internet error message ahead of such gems as ‘fail’, ‘hashtag’ and ‘twerking’.

75 – The age in years of BBC presenter David Dimbleby who made the news this week when he got his first tattoo.

34 – The number of times the Irish government asked Facebook to provide information about its users in the first six months of this year. Facebook complied with the requests in  more than 70 per cent of cases.

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