Religious figures in the census

Are due to be published this month. Though the Census office has not given a date, latest reports suggest that it is on schedule to reach the public before Christmas. In light of this, journalists, politicians and policy makers will be dusting down the many words written on the political demography of Northern Ireland, in preparation for copious amounts of their own wise words on the subject.

No doubt John Adams’ Political Demography of Northern Ireland will prove an invaluable source for many interested in examining the insights and pitfalls thrown up by the new data. John’s own political perspective is broadly nationalist, but he has been scrupulous in bringing together a fascinating and diverse set of data, from journalists and academics from a range of political backgrounds.

Over the next few weeks we hope to feature some of these works, including John’s own monograph on the religious disaggregation of the NI population.