• In Memory Of

    Inspector GEORGE BELL
  • 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
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • 'Comfort letters' to IRA suspects no longer valid

    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.
    The scheme was heavily criticised in July by an official inquiry set up after one of the letters was blamed for the collapse of a case against an Irishman charged with murder for a 1982 car bombing in London's Hyde Park.

    Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, who in July apologised to victims of the conflict and said the letters never guaranteed immunity, said on Wednesday that the police would pursue prosecutions where evidence was available and if it became available in the future.

    "The government's key objective now is to seek to remove any barriers to successful future prosecutions," she told a parliamentary committee conducting an inquiry into the scheme.

    "If they drew any comfort from these letters in the past, they not should draw any comfort from them in the future."

    The controversy over the scheme highlighted the tension that still exists between Irish Catholic nationalists and mostly Protestant supporters of British rule over a conflict in which more than 3,600 people were killed.