NI religious breakdown figures to be released (140 อ่าน)

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NI religious breakdown figures to be released

Census figures detailing the religious make-up of Northern Ireland will be published later on Thursday.

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Statistics about national identity and passports held will also be released.

The results of the 2011 Census indicated that 45.1% of the population were Catholic or brought up Catholic, and 48.4% were from a Protestant or other Christian background.

In terms of passports, almost 60% of people had a British passport while just over 20% had an Irish one.

The figures, which are being released in stages, were due to be published on Tuesday but that was delayed due to the Queen's funeral.

The latest census, held in March 2021, was the first to be held since the UK voted in 2016 to leave the European Union.

Since then there has been an increase in applications for Irish passports in Northern Ireland.

'Religious headcount'

Ahead of the publication of the latest statistics, the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland - the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - warned that the results could be misinterpreted.

The party's East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said: "The Northern Ireland census every 10 years brings with it the inevitable 'religious headcount' with writers and some politicians making ill-informed comments about the religious breakdown and what it might mean politically.

"Some make an automatic read across that more Roman Catholics or fewer Protestants means border poll.

"Whatever the census outcome, those of us supporting Northern Ireland remaining within the UK cannot be complacent.

"But those who take the opposite view need to face up to the ironic reality, which is the more diverse Northern Ireland within the UK becomes the less likely we are to want to leave."




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