It is now 18 years since the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement was signed, and Northern Ireland has undergone significant political changes since then. At the same time, it has been affected by increased diversity and growing secularisation. Yet, how far has this changing Northern Ireland impacted upon how the two traditional main communities view each other and live together? Drawing on data from the Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey, this Research Update will explore public attitudes to community relations, and issues of space. In particular, it highlights key government policy in relation to shared and contested space.