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A leading academic suggests significant shift in the population here - are we now on the countdown to a new Ireland?

It is likely Catholics will outnumber Protestants by 2021 in Northern Ireland, according to a leading academic.

It is likely Catholics will outnumber Protestants by 2021 in Northern Ireland, according to a leading academic.

Dr Paul Nolan, who specialises in monitoring the peace process and social trends, told BBC News that there could be more Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland by the centenary of the foundation of the state.

So is that a game changer? Commentators Alex Kane and Chris Donnelly discuss

Also on the programme, a week in the life of the RHI inquiry and is it time to extend opening hours in Belfast on a Sunday?

1 hour, 27 minutes

Population

A leading academic suggests significant shift in the population here - are we now on the countdown to a new Ireland? 
It is likely Catholics will outnumber Protestants by 2021 in Northern Ireland, according to a leading academic. 
Dr Paul Nolan, who specialises in monitoring the peace process and social trends, told BBC News that there could be more Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland by the centenary of the foundation of the state.
So is that a game changer? Commentators Alex Kane and Chris Donnelly discuss

RHI

RHI
From missing notes to blank cheques and emails to the cousin - a week in the life of the RHI inquiry 
A huge week in the RHI inquiry came to an end yesterday. It was a week that saw many revelations.
On Monday Arlene Foster admitted that she had never read the legislation on RHI , despite standing up in Stormont and recommending it to the public of Northern Ireland.
Tuesday heard how Mrs Foster was asked to sign a document containing the following words regarding the RHI scheme :
"I have read the Regulatory Impact Assessment and I am satisfied that the benefits justify the costs".
Despite not knowing the costs , she signed the document anyway .
On Wednesday Arlene Foster's former special advisor andrew crawford publicly apologised for sending a confidential government document about the RHI scheme to a relative.

Sunday Shopping

Sunday Shopping
Is it time to extend opening hours in Belfast on a Sunday? Nolan reporter Nicola Weir went to City Hall to gauge reaction
Could Belfast be about to get longer Sunday Trading hours?
A vote is currently taking place this morning at City Hall that could see Belfast designated as a 'holiday resort' which would allow certain larger shops to extend their opening hours on 18 Sundays in a year between March and September - except for Easter Sunday.
But not all traders are happy with it.

Online Trolls

Online Trolls
Should more be done to tackle online trolls? 
There have been calls for more to be done to deal with online abuse after DUP leader Arlene Foster and her party colleague Carla Lockhart were targeted by online trolls in a series of vicious attacks over their appearance at the weekend. Deputy leader Nigel Dodds called for steps to be taken to end the "wild west culture of anything goes" on some social media platforms. A listener has contacted us over abusive posts about Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson that appeared on the DUP South Down Facebook page. They have since been removed.

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