|Republic of Ireland|
|The Republic of Ireland is divided into 30 administrative regions, mostly tied to the
26 constituent counties (county Tipperary is divided in two and county Dublin in four).
Each region has a directly elected Council which is responsible for many of the issues of
local government. These 30 divisions are shown on the map on the left, with the numbers
given in the key below. The counties themselves were laid out several centuries ago by
English settlers, and have survived largely unchanged since then.
|Northern Ireland is divided into 26 administrative units,
called Districts. Each District has an elected council which takes care of the local
aspects of government. Historically, Northern Ireland was divided into 6 counties (Antrim,
Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone) but these were abolished as
administrative divisions in 1973. They are generally used by the public, nonetheless, when
referring to areas. The 26 District Council areas are as follows (if the council has a web
site, a link is provided):