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Northern Ireland is divided into 26 districts for local government purposes. The councils do not carry out the same range of functions as those in the rest of the United Kingdom, e.g. they have no responsibility for education, for road building or for housing (though they do nominate members to the advisory Northern Ireland Housing Council). Their functions do include waste and recycling services, leisure and community services, building control and local economic and cultural development. They are not planning authorities, but are consulted on some planning applications. Collection of rates is handled by the Rate Collection Agency. Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)3 Northern Irelands location within the UK Official languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Area  - Total Ranked 4th 13,843 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 4th 1,685... Rates are a form of taxation system in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, such as New Zealand, historically used to fund local government. ...


The council of the districts are variously styled 'District Council', 'Borough Council', 'City Council' and 'City and District Council' - see the articles for the full name.

  1. Antrim
  2. Ards
  3. Armagh
  4. Ballymena
  5. Ballymoney
  6. Banbridge
  7. Belfast
  8. Carrickfergus
  9. Castlereagh
  10. Coleraine
  11. Cookstown
  12. Craigavon
  13. Derry
  1. Down
  2. Dungannon and South Tyrone
  3. Fermanagh
  4. Larne
  5. Limavady
  6. Lisburn
  7. Magherafelt
  8. Moyle
  9. Newry and Mourne
  10. Newtownabbey
  11. North Down
  12. Omagh
  13. Strabane

Image:NorthernIrelandNumbered.png Antrim Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Ards Borough Council is a Local Council in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... The Armagh City and District Council is a local council in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. ... Ballymena Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Ballymoney Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Banbridge District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... Belfast City Council is the largest local council serving the largest city in Northern Ireland which has a population of 277,391. ... Carrickfergus Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... For the statesman commonly called Castlereagh, see Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh Castlereagh Borough Council is a Local Council in Northern Ireland. ... Coleraine Borough Council is a Local Council partly in County Antrim and partly in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. ... Cookstown District Council is a Local Council covering an area partly in County Tyrone and partly in County Londonderry. ... Craigavon Borough Council is a Local Council in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. ... Derry City Council (Londonderry County Borough Council until 1984) is a district council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. ... Down District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council is a Local Council in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. ... Fermanagh District Council is a Local Council in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. ... Larne Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Limavady Borough Council is a Local Council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. ... Lisburn City Council is a Local Council partly in County Antrim and partly in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... Magherafelt District Council is a Local Council in County Derry in Northern Ireland. ... Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of Northern Ireland. ... Newry and Mourne District Council is a local council in Northern Ireland covering an area including much of the south of County Armagh and the south of County Down and has a population of 87,000. ... Newtownabbey Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... North Down Borough Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... Omagh District Council is a Local Council in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. ... Strabane District Council/Comhairle Ceantair an tSrath Bán is a Local Council in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. ... Image File history File links NorthernIrelandNumbered. ...

The current pattern of local government in Northern Ireland, with 26 councils, was established in 1973 to replace the previous system established by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. The system is based on the recommendations of the Macrory Report, of June 1970, which presupposed the continued existence of the Government of Northern Ireland to act as a regional-level authority. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 a piece of legislation passed as an Act of Parliament by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1898, to establish a system of local government in Ireland on lines similar that had been recently created in Great Britain at the time. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Parliament of Northern Ireland was the home rule legislature created under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, which existed from June 7, 1921 to March 30, 1972, when it was suspended. ...


Councillors are elected for a 4-year term of office under the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. Elections were last held in May 2005. In order to qualify for election, a councillor must be This STV ballot for the Australian Senate illustrates group voting tickets. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 21 years old,
  • a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen; and
    • either be a local elector for the district;
    • or have during the whole of the 12-month period prior to the election either owned or occupied land in the district, or resided or worked in the district.

For local government purposes, Northern Ireland was previously divided into six administrative counties and two county boroughs, with various rural districts and urban districts in the counties. This system, with the abolition of rural districts, remains the model for local government in the Republic of Ireland. See: List of rural and urban districts in Northern Ireland for more details. The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as The Commonwealth, is an association of independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former territories of the British Empire. ... The island of Ireland has 32 counties, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland being nicknamed respectively the six counties and the twenty-six counties. ... County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom to refer to a borough or a city independent of county administration. ... In local government on the British Isles, a rural district was a predominantly rural area used for local government. ... In the British Isles an urban district was a type of local government district which covered an urbanised area. ... The urban districts and rural districts of Northern Ireland had their origin in 1899, when the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 came into effect. ...

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Combinations

The districts are combined for various purposes. There are five Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland, as follows

Name Area
Belfast
North Eastern Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey
South Eastern Ards, Castlereagh, Down, Lisburn and North Down
Southern Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Newry and Mourne
Western Derry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh, Strabane

There are four Health and Social Services Boards

Name Area
Eastern Ards, Belfast, Castlereagh, Down, Lisburn, North Down
Northern Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey
Southern Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Newry and Mourne
Western Armagh, Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh

In the Eurostat Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), Northern Ireland is divided into five parts at level 3 The Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) is the statistical arm of the European Commission, producing data for the European Union and promoting harmonisation of statistical methods across the member states. ... The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. ...

Name Area
Belfast
Outer Belfast Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down
East of NI Antrim, Ards, Ballymena, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Larne
North of NI Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry, Limavady, Moyle, Strabane
West and South of NI Armagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Magherafelt, Newry and Mourne, Omagh

2005 proposals

Compared to unitary authorities in England, the Northern Ireland districts have small populations (average population of about 65,000). Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ...


The district structure and the structure of other areas of public services in Northern Ireland were reviewed by the Review of Public Administration. On 22 November Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced proposals to reduce the number of councils to seven [1]. Although (outside Belfast) this is the same as the number of traditional counties of Northern Ireland, the borders have been set just about as different to those of the counties as Northern Ireland's geography permits. November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Right Honourable Peter Gerald Hain (born February 16, 1950 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a British Labour Party politician. ... The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the British cabinet minister who has responsibility for the government of Northern Ireland. ... The island of Ireland has 32 counties, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland being nicknamed respectively the six counties and the twenty-six counties. ...


The new authorities will have a number of new powers in such areas as planning, local roads functions, regeneration, and fostering community relations, which will be transferred from the existing joint boards and other bodies, that are much closer in size to the proposed local authorities. Legislation will be introduced to prevent serving councillors also being Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly (the so-called dual mandate that was also recently abolished in the Republic). This is a list of members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... To have a dual mandate is a term used for a person who has been elected to two different bodies with different competencies, for example being a member of both a national legislature, and of a local authority. ...


The following combinations will be the starting point for a Local Government Boundary Review [2]:

Map showing the seven proposed districts.
Map showing the seven proposed districts.
  1. Belfast
  2. (North-East) Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Larne, Moyle
  3. (Around Antrim) Antrim, Carrickfergus, Lisburn, Newtownabbey
  4. (Down) Ards, Castlereagh, Down, North Down
  5. (South) Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Newry and Mourne
  6. (North-West) Derry, Limavady, Magherafelt, Strabane
  7. (South-West) Cookstown, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Omagh

Initital reaction from Northern Ireland's political parties, except for Sinn Féin, has been hostile, emphasising the reduction in local representation and frequently expressing a fear that the province will be carved up on sectarian lines. Areas 2, 3 and 4 would have substantial Protestant, and 5, 6 and 7 Catholic majorities, with Belfast very nearly equally balanced. Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, has criticised the proposals as too severe. [3] Image File history File links NorthernIrelandNumberedProposed2005. ... Image File history File links NorthernIrelandNumberedProposed2005. ... It has been suggested that Provisional Sinn Féin be merged into this article or section. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom. ... The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the British cabinet minister who has responsibility for the government of Northern Ireland. ... The Right Honourable Paul Peter Murphy (born November 25, 1948) is a British politician for the Labour Party. ...


Another issue is where to place the District Headquarters of each district, with many towns hoping to be the headquarters of their districts.


See also

This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland by population (census April 29, 2001 [1]). See also: Local Councils in Northern Ireland Local Councils in Northern Ireland by area Local Councils in Northern Ireland by community make-up ... This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland by area. ... This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland by Protestant / Catholic community make-up In the 2001 decennial census, the Census Office for Northern Ireland (CONI) asked a new question to attempt to achieve a more accurate depiction of the balance of the mainly Unionist Protestant and mainly...

External links

  • OnlineNI - Local Council Websites
  • NI Local Government Association
  • Review of Public Administration NI
  • Macrory Report
  • Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971
  • Northern Ireland Councillor's Handbook

 
 

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