More Catholics than Protestants for first time in Northern Ireland Census
More people in Northern Ireland are Catholics than Protestants for the first time in its 101-year history, the latest census figures show.
The census reveals that of the resident population, 45.7% are either Catholic or brought up Catholic.
The percentage of the population who are either Protestant or were brought up Protestant is 43.5%.
9.3% of people said they neither belonged to nor were brought up in any religion.
The figure for the Catholic population has increased by 0.6% since the last census in 2011, while the figure for the Protestant population has fallen almost 5% during the same period.
One of the key reasons for the decline in the Protestant population is that it is an older, aging community with higher mortality.
The figures were published this morning by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra).
Isn’t it quite something today to see Official Ireland, Sinn Fein, and every Tom, Dick and Harry warmly claiming to be ‘Catholic’ or ‘identify’ as Catholic.
Taking a brief pause from their usual activities of Abortion rights peddling, Drag Queen Story timing, and general bashing of the Church and erosion of Irish nationhood.
Their mental gymnastics is quite something to behold. More flags of convenience than the Liberian Shipping fleet.
The population of Northern Ireland when the census was carried out in March last year was 1,903,100, an increase of 5% since 2011 and the highest figure recorded since Northern Ireland was created.
When it comes to national identity, the number who said they have a “British only” identity has fallen while those who regard themselves as “Irish only” has increased.
Those who described their identity as British only identity has fallen from 40% to 31.9%, from 772,400 in 2011 to 606,300.
40% British in 2011 down 8% to 32% today, that’s some historic drop right there.