Northern Ireland is subject to the administration of both the UK Government in Westminster and also the Northern Ireland Executive in Belfast.
The UK Government retains responsibility for a number of issues such as international relations, policing and justice.
The Northern Ireland Executive however has powers in a number of areas such as health, education, industry, agriculture, environment, and culture.
Northern Ireland is subdivided into 26 district council areas (although within Northern Ireland they are also known as 'local government districts' (LGDs)).
These in turn are divided into electoral wards.
Information on the upper level of Administrative geography in Northern Ireland
Electoral Wards are a key building block of Northern Irish administrative geography