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Prime Numbers

John Waters, ambulances, and Bryan Dobson: The week in numbers

Plus: How many Irish people don’t exercise at all?

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

€5.4 billion – The amount of money laundered through Ireland in one year, according to a new report from Grant Thornton.

778 – The number of people executed worldwide last year, a rise of 15 per cent on the previous year. Almost half of these were in Iran.

265 – The number of ambulances in the country, down from 320 in 2008, according to an RTE report into Ireland’s ambulance service.

88 – The percentage of secondary school teachers who voted in a union ballot in favour of industrial action in protest against the reformed Junior Cert.

39 The number of packages of liquid cocaine seized from a 64-year-old man at Dublin Airport during the week. The man is alleged to have ingested the packages.

34 – The percentage of Irish people who don’t exercise at all. The most common reason why not? We don’t have time.

32 – The number of years that an American woman spent in jail before being released this week after her conviction for a killing was overturned.

27 – The number of words in Patrick Nulty’s resignation letter to the Ceann Comhairle this week.

23 – The number of years that John Waters had been a columnist for the Irish Times before he stopped writing for the newspaper this week.

13 – The number of retired or serving police officers who have been identified as suspects in the ongoing investigation into the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in 1989.

7 – The number of people who complained about RTE Six One News presenter Bryan Dobson referring to protesters on-screen as ‘idiots’. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland rejected the complaints.

5 1/4 – The length in inches of publicist Max Clifford’s penis, apparently. It was measured after a defence lawyer accused prosecution witnesses of giving unreliable evidence about the size of Clifford’s penis during his trial for sexual assault.

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