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Red Rock, Eddie Hobbs, and "Al" Shatter: The week in numbers

Plus: How many extra seconds will we be getting in June?

Alan Shatter gets up close and personal on The Restaurant
Alan Shatter gets up close and personal on The Restaurant
Image: TV3

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

€10.5 million: The amount that former Anglo boss David Drumm owes to IBRC. A judge in America this week threw out Drumm’s bid to be declared bankrupt.

323,000: The average number of viewers who turned in to watch TV3′s new soap Red Rock on Wednesday night. Not bad at all.

601: The peak number of patients waiting on trolleys in Ireland’s emergency departments this week, setting a new record high.

220: The age in years of an American time capsule which was opened this week. It contained coins, a plate, a medal, newspapers, and cards.

96: The number of food businesses ordered to close by the Food Safety Authority in the last year.

30: The number of years that personal details about school children – including their PPS numbers – will be kept in a new government database.

13: The number of apprentices who have been taken on by Irish Rail, after almost 2,000 people applied.

12: The number of people killed in a radical Islamist attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

6: The number of lives lost on Irish roads in the first six days of 2015.

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4: The number of stars former Minister for Justice Alan “Al” Shatter received – out of a maximum of five – when he appeared on TV3′s The Restaurant during the week.

1: The number of extra seconds we’re getting in June of this year. Exciting times.

Thousands: The number of people interested in joining Lucinda Creighton’s new party, according to co-founder Eddie Hobbs.

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

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