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The crash by numbers

- In 2006, housing completions totalled 90,000; in 2011, they were just 10,480.

€70bn: the cost to the taxpayer of bailing out the banks since 2008.

• Ireland's unemployment rate in 2006 was 4.3 per cent; now -- at 450,000 -- it is above 14 per cent.

• In 2006, government surplus was €2,265m; in 2011, the deficit was €25bn (including bank recapitalisations).

Sunday Independent