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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 05:53 PM

13. Related Issue: Northern Ireland approaching Catholic majority

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0104/1224309780877.html

THE BRITISH and Irish governments and the people of Northern Ireland are facing the prospect and sooner than most people might think of how to manage a transformed constitutional situation where the majority in the North are likely to be from a Catholic background.

Its going to raise serious questions for southerners too, who must also address complex constitutional problems that if not managed properly and creatively could land Northern Ireland and the rest of the island back in the mire.

Its time for the beginning of a calm debate.

The figures are revealed in the statistics: there are now significantly more Catholics than Protestants in nursery, primary, second- and third-level education in Northern Ireland. If that trend continues, and its difficult to see a reason why it should not, then in another generation or so the majority population should be Catholic or from a Catholic background people of voting age, most of whose immediate antecedents are nationalist in their political outlook.

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