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How many people want to bring Jeremy Clarkson back? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How many hours were drugs legal for in Ireland this week?
Mar 14th 2015, 7:30 PM 19,554 34

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

840,400: The number of people so far who have signed a petition calling for the BBC to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson, after the controversial presenter was suspended from Top Gear.

€595,000: The amount that St Luke’s, the former headquarters of Bertie Ahern, has been put on the market for.

€53,000: The amount that an author in Portuguese has been ordered to pay to her in-laws after a court ruled that she defamed them in a book. She had argued that the book was a product of her imagination.

$10,000: The start price for an Apple Watch Edition.

88%: The percentage of medical students in Ireland who are considering or planning to emigrate once they qualify as doctors.

81st: Where Dublin Airport finished on a list of the best airports around the world.

76: The percentage of people who say they intend to vote yes in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum, according to the latest opinion poll. 21% say they will vote No while 3% are undecided.

60: The approximate number of hours during which ecstasy, ketamine, magic mushrooms and other drugs were legal in Ireland this week.

55.48 seconds: How long it took this 95-year-old man to sprint 200 metres, creating a new world record for his age group.

54: The percentage of people who died in the 1916 Rising who were civilians, according to new research carried out this week.

4.8%: The rate at which the Irish economy sprouted last year, four times the average for EU countries.

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3: The number of decades for which Tony Fenton was a stalwart of Irish music radio. The popular DJ died on Thursday at the age of 53.

3: The number of big tobacco companies threatening legal action against the government over the introduction of plain packaging on cigarettes.

3: The number of people successfully prosecuted over 358 Irish-linked accounts HSBC held in Switzerland.

1.05: The amount that the dollar was worth compared to the euro this week, in a 12-year low for the euro, which is racing towards parity with the dollar.

0%: The percentage of meat a Finnish food company’s ‘meatballs’ were deemed to contain. They’ve been rebranded as ‘balls’.

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