• In Memory Of

    Officer MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER CASSIDY
  • 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

  • Those in office must admit their part in our dirty war

    By Ed Curran Belfast Telegraph

    The terrible tragedy of Thomas Niedermayer and his family is a reminder that there are still two distinct groups of people living on this island those involved in such barbarity and the vast majority who had nothing to do with it.

    Mr Niedermayer, as an RTE documentary revealed at the weekend, was kidnapped, pistol-whipped, murdered and his body buried in a shallow grave.

    He was chief executive of the Grundig factory in west Belfast, which employed 1,300 workers in the 1970s. He fell victim to one of his employees, Brian Keenan, then a trade union official, who also happened to be one of the most ruthless leaders of the IRA.

    Mr Niedermayer's body was not discovered until eight years after his death. The full extent of his family's suffering is now revealed.

    His widow committed suicide, walking into the sea at Greystone in County Wicklow, and his two daughters also took their own lives, in South Africa and Australia.

    Keenan went to his grave as a revered republican, mourned and saluted as one of the architects of the peace process. Only now do we learn of the gruesome role he played in Thomas Niedermayer's murder.
    It is hard to believe that almost 15 years have elapsed since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and still such brutal reminders of the past are haunting Northern Ireland.

    Hardly a week passes without another revelation about people involved in the dirtiest of dirty wars. Northern Ireland must have more rehabilitated, reformed, even born-again ex-terrorists per head of population than anywhere else in Europe.

    Ordinary, decent people, who never fired a shot, or planted a bomb, have swallowed hard and agreed, in the interests of peace, to forgive if not forget.

    The penalties for the most heinous crimes were lifted. Those responsible have walked free from prison, hugged and welcomed back into their family and community folds as if they had done nothing untoward in the first place.

    For some at least, their notoriety has not been the undoing of them. Far from it. It has proved a passport to political success, particularly in the case of republicans, if much less so with former loyalist paramilitaries. Unlike the Niedermayer family, life after violence has been much better.

    Those who were involved in these terrible events now strut the corridors of power in Ireland, north and south, with a swagger of importance, but still a total reluctance to come clean with the people of this island.

    - See more at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/op....9oqPjrQi.dpuf