Today`s release of the census results illustrates the continued terminal decline of the unionist protestant population in northern Ireland compared to the growing catholic nationalist population from a just over 9% gap in 2001 to just a 3% gap in 2011.
Is it time for a new agreement, a time for Joint Authority/Sovereignty between the Republic and the UK for the 6 counties?
Some current facts
Belfast now has a majority Irish catholic population and Derry has an overwhelming majority, the 2 main cities in NI.
30 of the 32 counties of Ireland have an overwhelming nationalist majority population.
There is now a majority catholic population in the under 30 age group in Northern Ireland.
Its`s time for the Irish and British governments to start planning for the inevitable.
By the time of the next census in 2021, there will easily be an Irish Catholic majority in the North.
Is it time for a new agreement for Joint Authority as an interim measure until a border poll will be held in the next decade?
The outcome of such a border poll would most likely be a unitary state but there could also be options for a Federal Ireland or a Confederation to placate the unionist minority then.
However, with the current census results, is it time for Joint Authority/Sovereignty as an interim measure?