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Lotto wins, election votes and Olympic medals - it's the YEAR in numbers

From celebrity deaths, to centenary commemorations – 2016 was certainly a year to remember (or forget).

Dublin Bus Euromillions winners celebrate scoring the jackpot on 7 july.
Dublin Bus Euromillions winners celebrate scoring the jackpot on 7 july.
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2016, THE YEAR that was.

From major political upsets, to celebrity deaths, to record temperatures and more, it has certainly been a wild year.

Here are some of the numerical nuggets that made 2016 a year to remember.

158: The number of seats in the current Dáil. Their makeup was decided in the February general election which turned out to be a major upset for the outgoing government.

€66 million: The amount of money an Irish person won on the Euromillions jackpot in January.

116: The age of the world’s oldest person, Susannah Jones, before she died in May.

16: The number of times Irish man Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed in Egypt. He remains in prison there despite calls for him to be released all year.

51.9%: The percentage of the UK electorate who voted to leave the EU in June, in a shock result that took many people and nations by surprise.

€1.3 billion: The amount of money the Government had to play around with in this year’s budget.

1: There’s only one Bob Dylan. The iconic musician this year became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1967: The year homosexual acts between men aged over 21 were decriminalised in England. It was announced this year that thousands of British men convicted of homosexuality will soon be pardoned.

23%: The percentage of Irish adults who smoke, according to a survey released in October.

270: The number of electoral college votes needed to secure the presidency of the United States. This majority was reached by Donald J Trump on 8 November, making him the next president of the USA.

69: The age of iconic musician David Bowie before he died on 10 January. This kicked off a year of notable celebrity deaths, including (but not limited to)m the deaths of:

32: The number of people who died in Brussels after the Islamic State claimed an attack in March.

26%: The percentage rise in Ireland’s GDP last year, prompting international criticism and calls of “Leprechaun economics”.

€19 billion: The amount of money the European Commission rules that international tech giant owed Ireland in back taxes. But the Irish government doesn’t want the money.

1916: The year of the Easter Rising rebellion. The centenary of the Rising was commemorated (a lot) in Ireland  this year with numerous events on various dates spread out across the country.

50: The number of years a civil war in Colombia lasted for before a historic peace deal was reached on the back of a ceasefire this year.

86: The number of people who died when an attacker drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French seaside town of Nice  celebrating Bastille Day.

11: The number of medals Ireland picked up at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year.

16: The number of teams left in the Euro 2016 tournament when Ireland got knocked out after losing to France.

€12 million: The amount of money Irish fast food chain Supermac’s made in profit last year.

4: The proposed number of days gardaí were going to go on strike for in November before the dispute was resolved at the last minute.

18.3%: The percentage pay rise Luas workers received after a heated and long lasting dispute that saw the service shut down on a number of occasions.

€34 million: The total amount of money paid out by the Government to the survivors of symphysiotomy procedures this year.

Read: Check out some of our weekly numerical round ups from throughout the year >

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