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Wetherspoon's, Facebook, and the Luas: The week in numbers

Plus: How many cars have been bought in Ireland so far this year?

Beer taps at a Wetherspoon pub in England.
Beer taps at a Wetherspoon pub in England.
Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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

$21,800,000,000: The amount that Facebook has paid for messaging service WhatsApp. The deal was finalised this week, almost eight months after it was first announced. 

86,894: The total number of new cars bought in Ireland so far this year – an increase of almost a third compared to this time last year.

65,000: The number of people who signed a petition calling for the dog of Spain’s first Ebola patient not to be put down. Despite the protests, Excalibur was put down on Wednesday. 

1,442: The number of ‘right to be forgotten’ requests people in Ireland have made to Google in the last five months.

71: The number of near misses between Luas trams and pedestrians so far this year.

20%: The average deposit that most people looking to buy a home will now need under radical new rules for mortgage lending from the Central Bank.

9: The number of years that Jeanie Johnston, the famine ship, has been moored at Dublin’s docklands. It was taken away this week for an overhaul.

7: The number of years that Breifne O’Brien, described as Ireland’s answer to Bernie Madoff, was sentenced to in court on Wednesday.

5: The percentage that Ireland’s unemployment rate will fall to by the end of this decade, according to the ESRI.

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€2.95: The cost of some pints of beer at the Blackrock branch of discount chain Wetherspoon’s.

2.49: The length in minutes and seconds of the cover of God Only Knows released by the BBC this week.

3 - The number of days until Budget 2015 is announced.

2: The number of life sentences handed down to Sanjeev Chada for the murder of his two sons, Eoghan and Ruairí.

Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces > 

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