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Irish identity tops new Northern Ireland poll

Belfast Telegraph building, Royal Avenue, Belfast
The poll was carried out on behalf of the Belfast Telegraph

More people identify themselves as Irish than British in Northern Ireland according to a new poll in Monday's Belfast Telegraph.

Over 1,000 people were interviewed for the survey.

A total of 42% of those surveyed told the pollsters they were Irish while 39% identified themselves as British. 18% saw themselves as Northern Irish.

The poll suggests that if a referendum was held now, a majority - 55% - would vote to stay in the UK.

However, those interviewed were evenly divided over whether Northern Ireland would still be part of the UK or part of a united Ireland by the year 2021.

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