NI census registers more Catholics than Protestants for the first time


Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants, for the first time in its 101-year history.

That’s according to census results, which have been released this morning.

46 per cent of people in Northern Ireland now identify as Catholic; 43.5 per cent identify as Protestant.

The Protestant population in Northern Ireland has decreased by 10 per cent in twenty years.

When it comes to identity, 32 per cent identify as British only, 29 per cent identify as Irish only and 20 per cent identify as Northern Irish only.

Ten years ago 40 per cent of people in Northern Ireland identified as British only, so there has been a drop of 9 per cent of people identifying as British only.

And when it comes to passports; there was a massive 63 per cent increase in the number of Irish passport holders in Northern Ireland.

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