Catholics outnumber Protestants for the primary time in Northern Eire’s historical past, a newly printed census has revealed.
The 2021 survey reveals that 42.3% now determine as Catholics, in comparison with 37.3% as Protestants or different Christian religions.
On the final census in 2011, 45% of the inhabitants recognized as Catholic and 48% as Protestant or different Christian religions.
In 2001, 53% of inhabitants mentioned they had been Protestant, 44% Catholic.
The turnaround in Northern Eire — shaped 101 years in the past and which suffered many years of sectarian violence on the finish of the twentieth century — is prone to encourage these pushing for reunification with the Republic of Eire.
Protestants typically assist Northern Eire remaining part of the UK, whereas Catholics usually need nearer ties with their southern neighbours.
Calls to hitch Eire and depart the UK fuelled the violent clashes of The Troubles, which started within the late Nineteen Sixties and noticed an estimated 3,500 folks killed.
The battle ended with the Good Friday Settlement of 1998, which tried to ascertain a steadiness of energy between Catholics and Protestants.