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Brexit hardens Northern Ireland divisions while a secular majority forms

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In the 100 years since Ireland was partitioned, Brexit has made worse the religious and political divide and emphasised the steady progress towards a community that has a secular majority. This was the feeling among a panel of experts convened by the Religion Media Centre for the weekly briefing. In Ireland, north and south, politics and religion have traditionally been intertwined. But the Good Friday Agreement, signed in 1998, seemed to have spurred the growth of secularisation.

In this discussion hosted by journalist William Crawley, the panel included:

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Report: Brexit hardens Northern Ireland divisions while a secular majority forms

People could not “airbrush out our history. But then we find ways to be able to actually hear and learn from it, and then find common ground”

– Fr Martin Magill

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