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Census shows Catholicism now biggest religion in NI

There are now more Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland [1] for the first time, the latest census results have revealed.

Census 2021 results show that 46pc of the population are now Catholic, while 43pc are Protestant or another Christian religion. The number who say they belong to no religion is now 9.3pc.

The 2011 Census recorded 48pc of the population as being either Protestant or brought up Protestant, down five percentage points on 2001. The Catholic population stood at 45pc in the last census, which itself was up one percentage point on 2001.