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Facebook friends, prostitutes, and Garth Brooks: The week in numbers

Plus: How many Irish students say they’re not having sex?

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

1.25 billion - The amount that drugs and prostitution were worth to the Irish economy last year, according to new GDP figures.

400,000 - The number of tickets that were sold for the five planned Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park at the end of this month. Oops.

€171,644 - The amount that Irish political parties received in donations last year. Fine Gael received the most with €112,625.

2,027 - The number of complaints the Garda watchdog received about members of An Garda Síochána last year.

234 - The number of days that the Dáil sat for last year.

62 - The number of symphysiotomies performed in Drogheda in the 1970s.

60 - The percentage of older Irish people who drink alcohol when on prescription medicine.

47 - The percentage of people who are Facebook friends with their boss, apparently.

21 - The percentage of Irish students who say that they’re not having sex.

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20 - The average number of times that an adult smiles every day, apparently. Children smile about 400 times a day.

8 - The number of days until the World Cup final in Estádio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

5 - The number of years that Arthur’s Day ran for before Guinness decided to cancel it this year.

€1 - The amount that Minister for Health James Reilly wants to see each cigarette cost.  The Minister said he wants to see prices rise every year for the next five years.

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