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Local government in Northern Ireland has changed

Previously there were 26 Councils in Northern Ireland. From 1 April 2015 these merged to become eleven larger Councils with some new responsibilities including:

These changes present a number of new opportunities for the sector over the coming years.

The reform of local government is being led by the Department of the Environment. Find out more about the process at (below are more relevant links):

www.nidirect.gov.uk/local-government-reform

www.doeni.gov.uk/index/local_government/local_government_reform.htm

New council areas

Below is an outline map showing the new Council areas. Use the buttons to view the old councils alongside the new.

Map showing the 11 new local government districts in Northern Ireland Map showing the 26 old local government districts in Northern Ireland Map showing the existing and new local government districts in Northern Ireland