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Prime Numbers

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers

Plus: How many homeowners are more than two years behind with their mortgage repayments?

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

€5.76 billion: The current Exchequer deficit according to figures released by the government this week, which show it was €1.8 billion better than expected.

2.15 billion: The number of times Gangnam Style has been watched on YouTube, with the video streaming giant saying this week that PSY’s song was viewed so many times that it was forced to upgrade its systems.

37,000+: The number of homeowners who are more than two years behind on paying back their mortgages.

64: The percentage of Irish emigrants surveyed who said that the food they most miss from the old country is… Tayto crisps.

33: The percentage of judges in Ireland who are women, according to new figures.

20: The age that the Sony Playstation turned on Wednesday.

18: The number of years that Microsoft Clip Art has existed for. The company announced this week that it’s getting rid of the iconic (ahem) images.

17: Where Ireland ranks on a list of the least corrupt countries in the world.

10.7%: The unemployment rate in November, according to the Central Statistics Office – a drop from 10.9% on the previous month.

6: The number of senior former politicians named by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald this week as having allegedly been involved in a tax evasion scheme.

5: The number of years it has  been since the Christmas bonus was paid to social welfare recipients. A partially restored bonus will be given out this year.

1: Where U2′s Songs of Innocence ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of the best albums of the year.

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