• In Memory Of

    Constable WILLIAM McGILL
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    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

  • Gerry Adams faces calls to make apology over 1998 IRA attack

    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.
    "He should have come forward and told the IRA what to do, as in to admit it publicly," Mrs King said.
    "And, yes, give a public apology.
    "And in my opinion, if he had done that, even if he didn't call for anybody to be arrested or anything, but just even the public apology and the public acceptance, it would have caused the family a lot less heartache over the years."

    Earlier, a Sinn Féin spokesman declined to comment, saying the party had yet to see the programme.
    But later, in a tweet Mr Adams said that he had said the attack on Mr Kearney was "wrong at that time".

    "It is still wrong," he added.

    Also featured in the programme was Thomas Marley, whose son Gerard died by suicide in 1997 after he was the victim of two paramilitary-style attacks.
    Gerard was from the Divis area of west Belfast and was involved in so-called joyriding.
    His father said: "[The IRA] kept on doing it, killing people with their shotguns, blowing legs off, using bars.
    "They thought it was fun, it was the right thing. But it wasn't," he added.

    During the Troubles, most of the attacks took place in north and west Belfast.

    What began in republican areas was copied by loyalists.