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Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time - census

By Amanda Ferguson

Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time - census

Reuters · 22 Sep 2022 · 2min

BELFAST - Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for the first time, census results showed on Thursday, a historic shift that some see as likely to help drive support for the region to split from Britain and join a united Ireland.

The shift comes a century after the Northern Ireland state was established with the aim of maintaining a pro-British, Protestant "unionist" majority as a counterweight to the newly independent, predominantly Catholic, Irish state to the south.

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