The Agreement and demography

Newton Emerson freshens up the debate, on the agreement with a vigourous moral defence of the Belfast agreement against the purist line take by both Republicans and Unionists. The dreaded 2001 census figures are expected come in a month behind schedule.

Some believe the proportion of Catholics will have risen to 46/47%. However, as mentioned before, it is unlikely to translate directly into a similar level vote for a united Ireland in any future border poll . As one Catholic professional I met last week warned, “Catholic does not necessarily mean Nationalist”.

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