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Micras, broadcasters and the Eurovision: The week in numbers

How much does the average RTÉ employee earn? And how much electricity can one tree disrupt?
May 25th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,616 3

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

€16,106 – The average amount of disposable annual income for a person from Donegal last year, according to new CSO figures. For the second year in a row, the county has finished bottom of a national table of the country’s lowest-income counties.

€55,000 – The average salary of a member of staff at RTÉ, according to its director-general Noel Curran this week.

€130,000 – The amount in donations that the Jack & Jill Foundation received from credit card users who had fallen victim to a scam. The charity has refunded the donations, which were made by scammers trying to see if stolen credit cards were still valid.

€707,000,000,000 – The amount that the world’s wealthiest people could have in wealth stored in Ireland, according to figures from Oxfam. It says Ireland is one of 52 tax havens around the world, which between them are being used to keep €14.3 trillion in assets squirrelled away beyond the reach of tax authorities.

€31,900 – The approximate amount that North American survivors of clerical abuse perpetrated by Christian Brothers are likely to receive in compensation as part of a bankruptcy deal. That’s significantly less than other survivors have received before, though in this case victims will still be able to sue schools and dioceses.

95,000 – The number of mortgages which were in arrears for more than 90 days at the end of last year, according to Central Bank figures. That’s nearly one in eight of all mortgages.

14,o00 – The number of Nissan Micras owned in Ireland which may been affected by a glitch in the car’s steering wheel which makes it ‘loose’. Nissan says the fault will become apparent to drivers over time, but has asked all Micra owners to visit a dealership to get theirs checked.

23.1 per cent - The percentage of registered drivers in Kildare who have penalty points on their driving licence. That’s the highest proportion of anyone in Ireland.

33 per cent – The approximate amount of Vietnam’s electricity network which was knocked out when a crane operator knocked a tree over the main north-south interconnector this week. Vietnam has over 22 million households. Whoops…

50.0 per cent – The proportion of voting members at a Michigan city council who abstained in a vote about whether to ban abstaining.

Nul – The number of points that Azerbaijan gave Russia in the Eurovision. Azerbaijan’s foreign minister says Russia came second in the televote, and shouldn’t have been muscled out of the votes at all – prompting his Russian counterpart to say some of its votes had been stolen.

76.6 – The average number of pupils in a primary school in Roscommon, making that county’s schools the smallest in Ireland.

899 – The number of stolen items which were handed back to the National Museum of Ireland this week after being tracked down in England. A treasure hunter who had collected the artefacts had worked with a partner in Britain in illicitly compiling the stash, before his death last may.

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