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  • About NIVA

    Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA).

      NIVA is an internet based association (registered with COBSEO) with forum users and members all over the UK and abroad. Primarily for veterans of the Op Banner campaign from 1969 to 2007, be they ex or serving members of the UK armed forces, PSNI, NI fire/ambulance or prison services, we also particularly welcome relatives of the fallen.

      To register on the site as a forum user only, please **Click Here**. NB - for security reasons all applications are vetted and once admitted, permitted access to the open parts of the website/forum only. This is absolutely free to use.

    To join as a full or associate member of NIVA once registered on the forums, please follow the link in the downloads section of the site to download a membership application form which should be returned to the address shown together with payment and proof of service etc. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the website and the organisation of NIVA's annual service of remembrance at the NMA in Alrewas. Full/associate members also gain admittance to the private areas of the website/forum where comrades can be assured of their personal security and enjoy all the banter and support you came to expect whilst serving the Crown. Additionally full members are invited to march with NIVA for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

      If you have any queries please contact us at:

      The Northern Ireland Veterans Association
    PO Box 584
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • The NIVA News

    by Published on 10-06-2016 02:40 PM
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    The Ulster Unionist Party's Lord Empey slammed the use of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as an "obstacle", as he urged ministers to consider the rights of the "people who were blown to smithereens".

    The Ulster Unionist Party's Lord Empey slammed the use of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as an "obstacle", as he urged ministers to consider the rights of the "people who were blown to smithereens".

    He has tabled proposed legislation designed to allow the Treasury to prevent the release of frozen assets owned by those involved in supplying arms to terrorist organisations until a settlement is reached with their UK victims.
    by Published on 10-11-2015 01:54 PM
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    Man detained in County Antrim by Legacy Investigation Branch officers
    66-year-old being interviewed by detectives at a police station in Belfast
    Fourteen people died when British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civilians
    First arrest since police launched murder investigation into events in 2012

    A former British soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry in 1972.
    The 66-year-old man was detained in County Antrim by detectives from Northern Ireland's Legacy Investigation Branch.
    He is currently being interviewed by detectives at a police station in Belfast.
    by Published on 12-10-2015 02:19 PM
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    Two men, including an on-duty police officer, have died in a shooting in the Republic of Ireland.

    Police said they were responding to a report of a dispute at a house at Mullach Alainn near Omeath in County Louth at about 18:00 local time on Sunday when the incident occurred.

    A woman was also seriously injured in the shooting.

    The police officer who died was Anthony Golden, 36, a father of three.
    BBC NI's Dublin Correspondent Shane Harrison said the gunman had been named locally as 24-year-old Adrian Crevan Mackin.
    He was facing charges of membership of a dissident republican organisation and was out on bail.
    Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan, the head of the Irish police force, said the incident was a "terrible tragedy".
    by Published on 09-08-2015 08:48 PM
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    Petrol bombs, stones and bottles have been thrown at police after they prevented an anti-internment parade from entering Belfast city centre.

    The march was stopped by police at Oldpark Road in the north of the city after it breached a determination by a parades ruling body over its timing.
    Organisers had asked supporters to leave peacefully when the parade ended.
    But police were forced to deploy water cannon about an hour later when a crowd threw missiles at them.

    Petrol bombs were thrown during trouble in the area where police stopped the parade
    The march was organised by the Anti-Internment League to mark the introduction of detention without trial during the height of the Troubles.

    The Parades Commission ruled the republican parade was to have passed Millfield junction by 13:30 BST, but it breached the ruling and did not start until about 14:00.
    The march was stopped by police, who said their intention in blocking the parade was to "uphold the Parades Commission's determination".
    During a short rally at the police line, a speaker told participants the parade had ended and asked those taking part to leave peacefully.
    by Published on 11-04-2015 11:31 PM
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    The sister of a man who died after being shot in the leg by the IRA has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to make a public apology.
    Andrew Kearney, 33, from west Belfast, bled to death after he was shot three times in 1998.
    In a RTÉ programme, his sister Eleanor King said she met Mr Adams.
    by Published on 04-09-2014 11:52 PM
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    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday that letters issued to Irish nationalist militants telling them they were no long wanted by police should no longer be relied upon as a guarantee of immunity from prosecution.

    As part of a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence over Britain's rule of Northern Ireland, around 200 suspected members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) received 'comfort letters' saying they were no longer considered 'wanted' by police.
    by Published on 29-08-2014 10:07 AM
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    Belfast Telegraph

    An IRA man who escaped prison more than 50 years ago was given a royal pardon by Margaret Thatcher's government, official records from 1985 revealed.

    Donal Donnelly fled Belfast's Crumlin Road jail - which he dubbed Europe's Alcatraz - on Boxing Day 1960 while serving a sentence for membership of the armed group during its 1950s border campaign.

    Former Northern Ireland secretary Lord Hurd, part of a Conservative government scarred by republican violence, agreed to use the Royal Prerogative of Mercy in May 1985.

    His decision was made less than two years after the biggest prison break-out in UK history by 38 republicans and ahead of landmark political talks on British co-operation with the Irish Government.