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Catholics Biggest Religious Group in Northern Ireland for First Time, Census Shows

  • Census shows more identify as Catholics than other Christian
  • Trend could add fuel to debate over region’s future in UK
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Catholics make up the biggest religious group in Northern Ireland for the first time since the state was formed a little over a century ago, a trend that will likely add fire to a debate over the region’s future in the UK.

A 2021 census released on Thursday showed 46% of respondents identify as or were brought up as Catholic, and 43% as Protestant or other Christian religions. In 2011, the last time a census was held, 48% identified as or were brought up as Protestant and 45% as Catholic.