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Prime Numbers

Guinness, Visa debit cards, and Michelle Mulherin: The week in numbers

Plus: How many people use Facebook every month?

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

1.39 billion: The number of people who use Facebook every month, according to the social network giant.

€1.13 million: The amount of money made in ticket sales for Andrea Bocelli’s gig at the 3 Arena in Dublin last year, making it the single biggest earning concert at the venue.

€2,000+: The cost of phone calls made by Michelle Mulherin TD from Leinster House to Kenya, which she has denied were personal.

327: The number of days that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was missing for before the search for survivors was ended earlier this week.

107: The age of Michael Lambert, who was Ireland’s oldest man. He died in hospital in Ballinasloe last Sunday.

70: The number of years this week since Auschwitz was liberated.

€56.40: The average amount spent in each transaction with a Visa debit card in Ireland over the past year.

54: The number of years it took for nine black men to have their convictions for sitting at a whites-only counter in the US overturned this week.

16.3%: The percentage point rise in property prices in Ireland over the past year, according to the Central Statistics Office. Unsurprisingly, Dublin saw the biggest increase.

€12.50: The average amount given by the 1.1 million people who donated to charity in December – according to the charities themselves.

10: The percentage of civil servants who should be proficient in the Irish language – at least, according to a new report by an Oireachtas committee.

4The percentage drop in Guinness sales around the world compared to this time last year. But hey, at least sales are up in Ireland for the first time in years.

3: Where Ireland ranks on a list of the most expensive countries in Europe for a night out - just behind Denmark and Luxembourg.

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

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