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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Number of Catholics and Protestants in North now almost equal as gap narrows

David Young

THE gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in the North has narrowed, new census figures revealed today.

The percentage of Catholics in the population was up to 45 while Protestant representation has fallen to 48pc from the 2001 census.

The figures were detailed in the 2011 census, the results of which were published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency today.

Almost half the population (48pc) designated themselves as British when asked to select one or more of a number of identities, including Northern Irish or Irish.

A total of 2pc of the overall population included Northern Irish as an identity while 28pc included Irish.

The 2011 census was the first time a question on national identity was asked.

Of those questioned, 40pc said they were British only, with the remaining 8pc choosing British along with another one of the identities, such as British and Irish or British and Northern Irish.

A quarter of the population defined themselves as Irish only, while 21pc said they were Northern Irish only.

In terms of religion, in the 2001 census 53pc of the population was Protestant with 44pc Catholic.

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