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RTE, health insurance, and the Queen: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage of people aged 50 and older in Ireland are obese?

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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.

42 million – The amount in euro that Ireland spent on its six-month presidency of the EU last year. The figure was almost €70 million less than the last time Ireland held the presidency in 2004.

1.6 million – The number of people from the US and Canada who visited Ireland in 2013, which has turned out to be the best year for tourism since 2008.

1 million – The amount of money in pounds left in the reserve fund for Queen Elizabeth II, down from £35 million in 2001.

30,000 – The amount in damages awarded to sexual abuse survivor Louise O’Keeffe after the European Court of Human Rights found the Irish State was liable for the abuse she went through.

20,000 – The number of chickens culled in Hong Kong on Tuesday after the deadly bird flu virus was found in poultry.

8,000 – The number of limited edition €10 coins in honour of tenor John McCormack which have been issued by the Central Bank.

4,626 – The number of people waiting more than 12 months for an outpatient appointment in Irish hospitals – down from 103,000 less than one year ago.

1,278 – The number of people rescued by lifeboats in Irish waters in the past year (plus ten animals too).

577 – The number of people on board a luxury cruise ship in the Caribbean who fell ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, forcing the ship to cut short its 10-day trip.

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44 – The percentage of 8,000 people aged 50 and older who were found to be obese in a TCD study.

3 – The average percentage increase in VHI health insurance premiums from the start of March. Some plans will go up by as much as 6 per cent.

? – RTE refused to confirm how much damages it paid to the Iona Institute as a result of comments made on the Saturday Night Show.

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