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Prime Numbers

Fire, unemployment and the National Children's Hospital: The week in numbers

How old is the Phoenix Park? And how many TDs could face sanction for failing to declare pay-offs?

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

1 – The number of junk food meals you need to eat in order to do damage to your arteries, according to a new study from the University of Montreal. Scary.

350 years – That’s how old the Phoenix Park was on Monday. A new exhibition of pen and ink drawings of the park was opened to mark the occasion.

€70 million – The amount of public money that will have to be written off if the new National Children’s Hospital is not located on the Mater site. RTE reported that this money was already spent preparing for the arrival of the new hospital.

5 per cent – The number of Irish children who suffer from food allergies. Food Safety Professionals Association (FSPA) said this week that the number of people with food allergies and intolerances in this country is increasing.

14,000 – The number of people who took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday. For only the second time in the history of the race there was no sponsorship.

500 – The number of incidents the Dublin Fire Service attended across Leinster on Halloween night. Over 15,000 calls were also dealt with by the fire service that night.

14 – The number of TDs who may face sanction for not declaring former council positions on their public register of interests.

4/5 – The amount of women who are turned away from domestic violence centres because the service is already full.

0.7 – The very moderate increase in the consumer sentiment index this month.

14.8 per cent – The unemployment rate which remained unchanged in October according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

$15 billion - The potential insurance losses from Hurricane Sandy in the US. The death toll in the country passed 90 yesterday.

3 – the number of awards and won on Thursday night. Alright, we’ll stop now.

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