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Paddy Power, obese kids, and identity cards: The week in numbers

Plus: How many candidates are running as ‘Independent Fine Gael’ in the local elections?

Children at a weight reduction summer camp
Children at a weight reduction summer camp
Image: Shi Jianxeu/AP/Press Association Images

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

€1.7 billion – The amount that AIB lost last year, according to new figures (however that’s €2 billion less than it lost the previous year).

35 million – The number of photographs that Getty Images this week made free to use for anyone on the internet (kind of).

555,000 – The number of new national identity cards which have been issued by the Department of Social Protection so far.

398,300 – The number of people on the Live Register last month. It is the first time in five years the number has fallen below 400,000.

5,200 – The number of people who complained about a controversial Paddy Power advertisement featuring Oscar Pistorius, which has become the most complained-about ad ever in Britain.

30 – The percentage of lesbian, gay, or bisexual people who have been harassed at work. Researchers at TCD found more than 10 per cent of respondents have quit their jobs because of discrimination.

25 – The percentage of primary school students who are overweight or obese, according to a new UCC study.

5 – The number of hours that a crocodile and a snake spent in an epic battle in Australia before the snake swallowed the croc whole. Gulp.

2 – The number of life sentences handed down to the man found guilty of the rape of two children in Athlone this week.

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1 – The number of candidates running as ‘Independent Fine Gael’ in the upcoming local elections.

1 – The percentage of the trees in Ireland’s forests which were felled during the recent storms.

0 – The number of Irish universities which made the list of the top 100 most powerful university brands in the world.

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