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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Archive-It Partner Since: Oct, 2018

Organization Type: National Institutions

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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. Since 2010 PRONI has recognised the value of websites produced by government departments and all public sector organisations, and has undertaken a web archiving programme to address this. PRONI does not attempt to collect all of Northern Ireland’s websites but using agreed criteria, selects those that it considers are of significance, have long-term research value and are of social, political, cultural, religious or economic significance and relevance to Northern Ireland.

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Government Departments

Archived since: Oct, 2018


There are nine government departments in Northern Ireland. The main role of the departments, and their agencies, is to put government policy in to action and to advise ministers.

Subject:   Government

Local Councils in Northern Ireland

Archived since: Nov, 2018


There are 11 local councils in Northern Ireland, run by democratically-elected councillors. Councils have a range of roles and responsibilities, including providing certain services and representation.

PRONI Collections

Archived since: Sep, 2018


Archived websites collected by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland since 2010.


Archived since: Nov, 2018


Following local government reform in April 2015, the bulk of planning functions no longer rests with the Department. Instead these powers have been devolved to the 11 councils which, through their elected representatives, are responsible and accountable for most planning decisions. The transfer of most planning functions to the district councils did not just involve the redistribution of functions but included the creation of a new planning system for Northern Ireland: requiring new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all those involved in the planning process. Since 1 April 2015 the councils are responsible for: Local development planning – creating a plan which will set out a clear vision of how the council area should look in the future by deciding what type and scale of development should be encouraged and where it should be located; Development management – determining the vast majority of planning applications; Planning enforcement – investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what action should be taken. The Department is responsible for: Determination of regionally significant and ‘called-in’ planning applications; Regional Development Strategy (RDS); Regional planning policy; Planning Legislation; Performance management; Oversight and guidance for councils.

Subject:   Planning

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