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New Northern Ireland councils get naming rights

Eleven new larger councils, formed after a shake-up of local government in Northern Ireland will be able to decide on new names for themselves after they are elected.

But there is an expectation at Stormont that few of the new authorities will elect to do so.

However, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the councillors will have the powers to decide whether to rename the merged authorities.

But he made clear he will not be offering any advice on how the new bodies can reach a consensus on renaming.

The response came in a written answer to the DUP's Gregory Campbell, who asked whether Mr Durkan would offer advice to new councils in finding a consensus over their naming.

Mr Durkan said "the 11 new councils will be able to make decisions on their names immediately after the election".

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