The detailed figures will be pored over by the experts for a long while but one important point has already emerged the birth rate in Catholic families appears to be declining, although it is still higher than in Protestant families, and therefore the gap between the two religions may close in the future much more slowly than had been anticipated.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where these things matter politically.
The interesting thing is whether this will continue to be the case as Sinn Fein takes an accepted and influential role in local politics. It is also worth asking whether it can be assumed that when given the chance the great majority of Catholics would vote for union with the Irish Republic.
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