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    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

  • Murdered Real IRA member Alan Ryan linked to crime on both sides of border

    Slain Real IRA terrorist Alan Ryan was under investigation in relation to serious crime on both sides of the border, it emerged last night.

    Police are linking him to incidents, including a murder, that are believed to have been organised by the Real IRA faction in Londonderry.

    Ryan is believed to have developed strong links with several dissident activists in the north west after his release from Portlaoise jail in the middle of the last decade.

    And he maintained a close relationship between his Dublin-based gang and the leadership of the Derry faction, particularly after being involved in a major row with the terrorists' 'commander' in Dublin.

    Ryan was thought to have used his 'muscle' to help the Derry terrorists with some of their operations.

    Within hours of his murder on a Dublin street, the Derry branch of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, alleged to be the political wing of the dissident group, paid tribute to Ryan on a website.
    It referred to the "cowardly murder of our friend, comrade and activist" and said words could not express the pain felt by the movement and individual activists at his death.

    The message also referred to Ryan's work as an ex-republican prisoner, campaigning for his comrades in Maghaberry jail in Northern Ireland.

    The 'professionalism' of the shooting of Ryan has prompted gardai to put some credence in an intelligence report indicating that a hitman had been brought in from outside the Republic of Ireland to murder him.

    Officers said the gunman appeared to have been exceptionally cool as he walked up behind Ryan and two friends at Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin, on the northside of the capital, on Monday afternoon.

    After shooting Ryan in the back and legs with a 9mm handgun, the shooter stepped up to his victim's body on the ground and fired a bullet into his head.

    Some officers said the shooting was reminiscent of attacks carried out by terrorists during the Troubles.

    But investigators think it is likely that the hit was sanctioned by an organised crime gang rather than dissidents that had clashed with Ryan.

    Ryan's group is thought to have been responsible for at least two murders in Dublin, the shooting of criminal Sean Winters in Portmarnock in September 2010, and last September's gunning down of leading gangland figure, Michael "Mica" Kelly, also in Clongriffin.

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...#ixzz25jY954kd