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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 24-01-2017 09:07 PM
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    By Vincent Kearney BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

    Tim Francis still clearly recalls the moment a car bomb blew him off his feet and across a street in Londonderry. He walked away unscathed, but that day in 1974 marked the end of his dream of a career in the British army.

    "My clear recollection of that time is actually flying through the air and thinking to myself, 'I'm number four', because we'd lost three guys previously," he said. "I think that was the final straw on my Army career.

    Tim Francis left his home in Wales to join the Army when he was just 16 as an apprentice surveyor. Three years later, he was sent to Northern Ireland as a member of the Royal Artillery Regiment. During his first tour, he was based in Newtownhamilton in south Armagh. "Initially when we went there we went to shops, we could buy cigarettes, we could buy whatever we needed from local shops," he said. "But gradually that became more of a problem and we were no longer welcome.

    "During his four months there, the teenage soldier was in an armoured truck, a Humber Pig, that hit a landmine. "There was a big flash, bang, we were lifted off the ground," he recalled. "We seemed to be in the air for quite a while, but it couldn't have been very long, and then hit the ground with a big bang. Incredibly, none of the soldiers inside were injured.

    by Published on 10-06-2016 01:40 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 12:54 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 01:19 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 07:48 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 10:31 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 10:52 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.