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Disambigs[edit]

Disambigs definitely needed (all connecting articles need to be re-titled) as follows:

  • Antrim Borough Council
  • Ards Borough Council
  • Armagh City and District Council
  • Ballymena Borough Council
  • Ballymoney Borough Council
  • Banbridge District Council
  • Belfast City Council
  • Carrickfergus Borough Council
  • Castlereagh Borough Council
  • Coleraine Borough Council
  • Cookstown District Council
  • Craigavon Borough Council
  • Derry City Council
  • Down District Council
  • Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
  • Fermanagh District Council
  • Larne Borough Council
  • Limavady Borough Council
  • Lisburn City Council
  • Magherafelt District Council
  • Moyle District Council
  • Newry and Mourne District Council
  • Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • North Down Borough Council
  • Omagh District Council
  • Strabane District Council

See OnlineNI Local Council Websites

Don't know how to change titles of articles accordingly. Help anyone? Ardfern 18:19, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Disambigs possibly needed

Not sure

Done/not needed

Morwen 18:27, May 24, 2004 (UTC)

Page move from Local Councils in Northern Ireland to Districts in Northern Ireland[edit]

Legally all of these are district councils [1], in the same way as City of Westminster is a London borough council. So I am being bold and moving the page back. --Henrygb 21:42, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Do we really need to repeat the word "Council" 26 times in the table? Morwen - Talk 09:30, 28 October 2005 (UTC)
Good point, its too much. Djegan 18:05, 28 October 2005 (UTC)
I think we do as they are not boroughs but borough councils etc. See [2] or how they are listed locally. --Henrygb 22:33, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
They are both. The boroughs are the physical territory. The borough councils are corporate bodies consisting of a group of people. The map does not illustrate the people, it illustrates the territory. I realise that local usage is somewhat confused here, but it has not reached the stage of Australia. In any case, reverting back to a badly laid out page doesn't help - perhaps you could revert yourself and add a clarification note. Morwen - Talk 23:04, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
The physical territory is a district council area. The names of the councils are decided by the council, but the status (i.e. district) is decided nationally. Some of the councils have chosen to use City where the area or part of it has a suitable charter. --Henrygb 15:03, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
No, the phyiscal territory is a 'district'. "district council area" is a tautology. If you look at [3] their full name is "local government district". [4] , passed a whole year later, provides for the districts to have district councils, and allows them to also be boroughs at the same time as being districts. Again, I see no value in repeating the word "Council" 26 times, it makes the table looks awful. Morwen - Talk 21:11, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Particularly odd language on say, Antrim Borough Council, too : "The Antrim Borough Council area consists of three electoral areas". "Antrim Borough Council area"??? What's wrong with "the Antrim Borough"? We might as well say "The Antrim Borough Council area Council area Council area". ;) Morwen - Talk 23:09, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

I see little wrong with the current description, though you might prefer "Elections to Antrim Borough Council are based on three areas": the area is a district not a borough, its district council happens to called Antrim Borough Council. And areas can be made up of areas: the electoral areas are made up of further areas called wards: in Northern ireland under STV councillors represent groups of wards not single wards. --Henrygb 15:03, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
area is a district not a borough is simply not true. If you read the operative statute, you'll note it talks about 'designation of a district as a borough' and suchforth. Certainly, it remains a district also, just like the English non-metropolitan boroughs are at the same time English non-metropolitan districts. Morwen - Talk 21:18, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

I think Morwen has made a good case for the removal of council - 26 times is just over the top and very cluttered. If someone wants to know the full legal name it is clearly given in each article. Terms like "county", "council" and "city of" are largely incidental but we dont need to repeat them in a table for 100% of the entries. Djegan 21:22, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

If the way I've put it at the moment isn't adequate, we could have dagger signs and stuff to indicate which has a District Council, which has a Borough Council, which has a City Council, etc - like non-metropolitan counties of England indicates unitary authorities and metropolitan counties. That would allow the names to keep on the same screen with the map, but also provide information. Morwen - Talk 21:27, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

I have been monitoring the page, and not felt overly inclined to put in my opinion, but i have decided to be bold and come up with a better map and district listing. This is not final and i am not planing on putting it into the article until i get some feedback, even then, i was thinking of putting it into the article as an editable subpage of the article, similar to a template but not.

Councils Map
  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
NorthernIrelandNumbered.png
† = Borough | ~ = City | ‡ = District

--Boothy443 | trácht ar 22:21, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Personally I prefer the use of city, borough, district etc as this identifier can be important and I believe should be included in any link so that for anyone reading it is immediately apparent and a key is not neccessary, for instance, link [[Antrim Borough Council|Antrim Borough]]". Djegan 23:07, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
Agree, i think it might look better as well
Councils Map
  1. Antrim Borough
  2. Ards Borough
  3. Armagh City and District
  4. Ballymena Borough
  5. Ballymoney Borough
  6. Banbridge District
  7. Belfast City
  8. Carrickfergus Borough
  9. Castlereagh Borough
  10. Coleraine Borough
  11. Cookstown District
  12. Craigavon Borough
  13. Derry City
  1. Down District
  2. Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough
  3. Fermanagh District
  4. Larne Borough
  5. Limavady Borough
  6. Lisburn City
  7. Magherafelt District
  8. Moyle District
  9. Newry and Mourne
  10. Newtownabbey Borough
  11. North Down Borough
  12. Omagh District
  13. Strabane District
NorthernIrelandNumbered.png

--Boothy443 | trácht ar 23:38, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

I already tried the bottom one, but it was reverted! Morwen - Talk 09:36, 24 November 2005 (UTC)
Really, when was this. They way i see it unless some one says something anlong the line of having a strong opinion that not in favor of the new look, then on Wed i am going to go ahead and put it inm using the second format, and after that they will just have to say something here. --Boothy443 | trácht ar 10:10, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
A few days ago - look at the page history. I like the way it is now (with just the names of the districts), and Henrygb doesn't seem to be actively upset about it, so let's just keep it the way it is now? Morwen - Talk 15:02, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
I can live with just the names of the districts without further description - that is how they often appear in offical statistics lists, such as page 12 of [5]. --Henrygb 22:56, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Reform and additional powers[edit]

The text says:

  • The new authorities were to have a number of new powers in such areas as planning, local roads functions, regeneration, and fostering community relations, which were to be transferred from the existing joint boards and other bodies, that are much closer in size to the proposed local authorities.

And then goes on to say:

  • Initial reaction from Northern Ireland's political parties, except for Sinn Féin, was hostile, emphasising the reduction in local representation and frequently expressing a fear that the province would be carved up on sectarian lines

The opposition, however, was to the number of councils more than to the additional powers. But the text does not reflect this. The text goes on to explain how the issue of the number of councils was resolved, but does not explain whether or not the additional powers are to be given to the new bodies. Mooretwin (talk) 13:48, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Lough Neagh[edit]

Is Lough Neagh split among the administrative subdivisions of Northern Ireland, or is it outside the subdivision structure? Was it split among the six traditional counties, or was it a seventh "wet" county? The WP maps seem to suggest that Lough Neagh is outside the subdivision structure, but I remember to have seen a map with dotted lines running across the lake, suggesting county borders.--Ratzer (talk) 06:08, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I have a 2002 map that shows the county boundaries and there are indeed dotted lines running through the Lough. The eastern half in Antrim, the extreme north west in Londonderry, the west in Tyrone, the southern section in Armagh and a tiny piece in the south east in Down: so 5 out of 6 counties. The counties are stll extant but only for odd things like lord lieutenants, although I can't see them having much to do on a lake!
The lake is also divided between local government districts: on a 1978 map produced by Bartholomew it clearly shows the district boundaries running out over the water. Most of the east is in Antrim District, the south is in Craigavon and the west in Cookstown. Looks like a small bit on the extreme south west is in Dungaanon (as it was called then). Somebody needs to do a job on the map! Lozleader (talk) 13:40, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
The area figures of the six counties (as taken from the individual county articles) do not add up to the area of Northern Irelands, about 379 km² are missing, although this is less than the area of the lake. But it could also be that this difference has nothing to do with the lake, but with some cities that are not considered part of the counties.
I haven't made the test of adding up the area figures of the local government areas (LGAs). A still better test would be land use statistics, with water areas per LGA shown. The water areas of the LGAs around the lake would have to add up to at least the area of the lake (acutally to more, since there are also smaller lakes in the area), or something is wrong. Does anyone have access to such statistics als LGA areas broken down by land use categories?--Ratzer (talk) 09:09, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Well finally I found the LGA area boundaries running across the lake here - one LGA at a time, as you click on the map.--Ratzer (talk)
correct LGA District boundaries
correct county boundaries

I found a map of Northern Ireland with correct district boundaries in the commons. Still missing is a map with correct county boundaries.--Ratzer (talk) 19:00, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Now we also have a correct county map with boundaries extending into the lake. Who is going to adjust/delete all the wrong maps?

Council candidate age.[edit]

Candidates have to be at least 18 years old, not 21. I've changed this accordingly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.157.108.38 (talk) 18:35, 5 May 2011 (UTC)