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In Historic Shift, Catholics Now Outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland

Charles McQuillanA man walks past a Catholic religious mural on the day that the Northern Ireland census was released on September 22, 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The latest census figures show that for the first time in Northern Irelands 101-year history there are more people from a Catholic background in Northern Ireland than Protestant.

New census data confirms that the once-dominant Protestants no longer predominate — a demographic change that could open the door to reunification with the rest of Ireland.

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