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Eurovision, RTÉ Guide and Dr Dre: The week in numbers

Plus: Who was on the top-selling edition of the RTE Guide this year?

Austrian hopeful Conchita at the Eurovision
Austrian hopeful Conchita at the Eurovision

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

$3.2 billion - The reported amount Apple paid for Beats, a maker of headphones and speakers founded by Dr Dre.

€2 billion - The amount the OECD thinks Ireland needs to cut in its Budget this year.

€4,500 - The maximum fine faced by Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy for erecting election posters before he was legally allowed to do so.

1,500 - The number of unemployed people who are being put on compulsory JobBridge schemes that will see their dole payments cut if they do not accept.

336 - The number of pages in the Guerin Report into allegations by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe which led to Alan Shatter’s resignation.

318 - One estimate for the number of Defence Forces troops that may have been exposed to asbestos while serving in East Timor.

26 - The number of countries taking part in the Eurovision final tonight. No Ireland though, sadly.

16 - The number of years since the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair. Lewinsky broke her silence this week by writing her own version of what happened in Vanity Fair.

9 - The number of deaths on farms so far this year. A 3-year-old boy died in a tractor accident on a Cork farm on Thursday.

1 - The top selling edition of the RTÉ Guide so far this year had none other than Marty Whelan on the cover, beating out George Clooney in the process. Not too shabby.

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