Local government in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland there are 26 administrative districts ( Districts). It is - as in Wales and Scotland - so-called unitary authorities, ie they are responsible for all local administrative tasks. There are no administrative level above or below them ( " stage management "). The Districts have in part because of their history or significance of the status of a Borough or City.
Today's management structure was introduced in 1973. It replaced the existing structure since 1898, when there were a total of six counties and two county boroughs. The counties were in various Urban districts ( " city districts " ) and divided Rural districts ( " rural districts "). It thus acted up in 1973 to a 'two-tier management ".