In Numbers

Sex, Smirnoff and the Six Nations: The week in numbers

Plus: How much does it cost to replace the lightbulb at the top of the Spire?

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

€10,230,560: The size of the Lotto jackpot on Thursday night, which was delayed by 24 hours due to a technical mistake.

€5.2 million: The amount of money that a former janitor – who wore a coat held together with safety pins – left to a library and hospital in his area after his death.

68,000: The number of people who had property tax taken from their wages by Revenue.

€10,000: The cost of the lightbulb on top of the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. An anonymous donor has offered to pay the money after the existing light went out several months ago.

€7,000: The amount a Cavan pub was fined for selling counterfeit Smirnoff.

€5,000: The amount the Restaurants Association of Ireland says it will cost each restaurant to put calorie counts on menus.

518 - The number of people who were left waiting on trolleys in hospitals around the country one day this week.

144: The number of Six Nations tickets that went missing in the post. An Post is investigating what went wrong.

116: The number of puppies seized from two vehicles at Dublin Port on Wednesday.

90.1%: The percentage of Irish students who complete the Leaving Certificate, according to new figures.

32: The height in metres of the new wooden rollercoaster being built at Tayto Park in Meath (well, 32.05 metres, to be exact) which is due to open this summer.

€25: The cost of a new test which will help to spot Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer.

7: The number of times a week Buncrana’s one-screen cinema would have to show Fifty Shades of Grey to qualify for distribution rights. Tough break.

€2.75: The minimum price for a can of beer if the government caps alcohol prices at the proposed rate.

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