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The growth of a city The Belfast Corporation and Council archive in PRONI

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 31,2015


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by Ian Montgomery

Until relatively recently, Irish historians have shown little interest in the study of local administration. As the author of one of the few academic studies of the subject put it: The relegation of local government to the margins of Irish history is not surprising, but it is unfortunate. Local government was, after all, the department of government that most directly affected most people’s lives in the twentieth century and with which they most frequently came into direct contact.