The role of local government

Derek Birrell

in Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077579
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701881 | DOI:
The role of local government

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This chapter describes how the local government system in Northern Ireland functioned in relation to direct rule. It explains that the introduction of direct rule coincided with the reorganisation of local government and that local government reform had become one of the main priorities of the British government during the period 1969–72. Local government occupied a somewhat unusual role under direct rule and its significance lay mainly in its political representation and lobbying role in the absence of a regional tier of government.

Keywords: local government; Northern Ireland; direct rule; British government; political representation; lobbying

Chapter.  8704 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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