• In Memory Of

    Gunner RICHARD COPLAND SLOAN DUNNE
  • NIVA Upcoming Events

    NIVA Service of Remembrance

    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • 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
    Mexborough
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • Bomb policeman remains critically ill


    A police officer injured in a dissident republican bomb attack in County Antrim remains critically ill in hospital.

    Constable Peadar Heffron was injured when a bomb exploded under his car on the Milltown Road in Randalstown at about 0630 GMT on Friday.

    The 33-year-old is an Irish language specialist for the PSNI and captain of the PSNI GAA team.
    Mr Heffron has been in the police for 10 years and recently married. He is related to a senior Sinn Fein member.
    He had been on his way to work at Woodbourne police station in west Belfast.
    It is believed Constable Heffron had driven about a mile from his home when the bomb exploded and he was found breathing and conscious but bleeding heavily.

    He underwent surgery at Antrim hospital and was then moved to the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast.
    Chief Constable Matt Baggott said every decent person would condemn the attack.

    "Our colleague was brutally targeted this morning in a cowardly attack as he left his home to travel to work," he said.

    "My appeal to everyone is that you continue to support us in building peace and to not let this incident detract us all from that goal."

    'Cowardly'

    Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers issued a joint statement condemning the attack.
    First Minister Peter Robinson said is was a "cowardly evil act against a man committed to defending the free society we all enjoy".
    "I have said in the past that those who perpetrate such attacks will not succeed in returning Northern Ireland to the dark days of the past. I remain steadfastly committed to upholding that promise," he added.

    The deputy first minister, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, said: "These actions serve no purpose and will not further any cause," he said.

    Northern Ireland Security Minister Paul Goggins described it as a "vile attack" which would "sicken people".

    Dissident republicans have been responsible for a spate of bomb attacks across Northern Ireland in the last year.

    In October, a dissident group planted a bomb under a policeman's car in east Belfast.
    His partner suffered minor injuries in the attack.




    BBC