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Protestant-Catholic Gap Narrows as Census Results Revealed [Northern Ireland]
The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11/12/12 | David Young

Posted on 12/12/2012 8:29:17 AM PST by marshmallow

The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today.

The percentage of Catholics in the population was up to 45 while Protestant representation has fallen to 48% 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 (48%) designated themselves as British when asked to select one or more of a number of identities, including Northern Irish or Irish.

A total of 29% of the overall population included Northern Irish as an identity while 28% included Irish.

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

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

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TOPICS: Catholic; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 12/12/2012 8:29:20 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Historic Ulster was 9 counties. When Ireland was partitioned, they left 3 counties with the Irish Free State because they were heavily Catholic. The idea was that the Protestants would be a permanent majority in the remainder, but I think of the 6 counties two may have had a Catholic majority, two were solidly Protestant (Antrim and Down) and two were mixed. It looks like maybe they should have settled for a smaller number of counties...but I don’t know how many of the Northern Irish Catholics would prefer to unite with the Republic of Ireland instead of staying in the United Kingdom.

2 posted on 12/12/2012 8:42:55 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Do the counties get to vote on it at some point ? Or is the supposition they’ll just revolt.

3 posted on 12/12/2012 10:04:12 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright
I doubt it, but I don't have any information on the point. I suspect most residents are content to leave things as they are and just don't want a revival of sectarian killings. It used to be that the standard of living was significantly better in the UK than in the Republic of Ireland but I think the gap is very small or non-existent now.

The World Almanac 2012 has the Protestants at 58%--so the latest figures may be excluding people who have no religion but are of Protestant background.

4 posted on 12/12/2012 10:29:02 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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