Claret Jug 'needs a bit of a clean'

Echo: Rory McIlroy meets Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Open champion Rory McIlroy was unable to show off his prized Claret Jug to Northern Ireland's political leaders today, admitting it needed a good clean after a big night out celebrating.

MPs to sue Government over data act

Echo: David Davis (pictured) and Tom Watson are applying for a judicial review

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two MPs are to sue the Government over the introduction last week of the controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Drip), which gives police and security services access to people's phone and internet records.

Internet and mobiles 'essential'

Echo: Some 95% of households have at least one mobile phone, 84% have a landline and 82% an internet connection

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

UK consumers now consider the internet and mobile phones to be essential services, a study has confirmed.

Ministers warned over Scottish vote

Echo: Irish ministers have been warned not to express opinions over the Scottish independence referendum, documents show

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Irish government ministers have been warned not to express any opinion on Scotland's independence referendum.

Knighthoods for former ministers

Echo: Alan Duncan is to get a knighthood

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Three former ministers who left the Government in last week's reshuffle have been given knighthoods, while veteran Kenneth Clarke - who quit the front benches after 40 years - has been made a Companion of Honour.

Judges grant secret court hearings

Echo: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said five applications had been made by the Government for evidence to be heard in secret courts over the past year

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Secret court hearings were granted by judges to the Government in at least three of its five attempts to secure them during the first year of controversial new laws being in place.

'Deliberate action' on schools plot

Echo: Nansen Primary School is one of the institutions at the centre of the allegations

3:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

There was a deliberate effort to introduce an "intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos" into a number of Birmingham schools, a government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations has concluded.

Transport call amid weather worries

Echo: Local highway authorities should pinpoint 'a resilient network' to which they would give priority in the event of very bad weather, a report says

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Protecting all parts of the transport network against all extreme weather "would be unaffordable", a Government-commissioned report has said.

'Three-parent IVF' moves closer

Echo: The controversial technique could be used to prevent devastating genetic conditions

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Plans to legalise babies being born with three genetic parents in the UK have come a step closer after health officials said they would press ahead with creating new regulations to allow the move.

Worldwide screening for new 1D film

Echo: A film of boy band One Direction in concert, Where We Are, will be screened worldwide over the weekend of October 11 and 12

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

One Direction fans will be able to relive the band's world tour with the release of a concert film which is to be screened in cinemas around the world.






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