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    Guardsman WILLIAM McGELVIE FORSYTH
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  • 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

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    by Published on 16-01-2011 01:39 AM
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    The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, has been shot by gunmen who burst into her home at Coalisland in County Tyrone.

    The three men shot Mrs McAliskey, formerly known as Bernadette Devlin, in the chest, arm and thigh as she went to wake up one of her three children.
    Her husband, Michael, was also shot twice at point blank range.

    Three men are now being questioned by police. They were arrested by members of the Parachute Regiment, who were on patrol nearby when they heard the shots.
    The McAliskeys were flown by army helicopter to hospital in Belfast, where their condition is said to be serious, but not life-threatening.
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    by Published on 07-01-2011 10:41 AM
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    From the Belfast Telegraph:

    If Northern Ireland didn't descend into Yugoslavia-style ethnic cleansing during the Troubles, it was in spite of republicans not because of them, argues Owen Polley

    Is it a shock that Pat Sheehan, convicted IRA bomber-turned-West Belfast MLA, has a warped view of the Troubles? As the latest back-street revolutionary to turn Armani-clad seer and represent Sinn Fein at Stormont, it would be more surprising if he saw republican violence for the futile nihilism it was, rather than as a "probably quite civilised" campaign.

    That won't relieve the hurt and revulsion felt by victims of 30 years of IRA 'civility' when they read his comments - made in an interview with David McKittrick.
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    by Published on 02-01-2011 02:12 PM
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    Ten Protestant men have been shot dead as they were returning home from work in a mini-bus in Northern Ireland.

    The attack happened on the Whitecross to Bessbrook Road in South Armagh this evening as the men, all textile workers, returned from a factory six miles from Bessbrook.

    The mini-bus in which they were travelling was ambushed by up to a dozen attackers. It is believed the massacre was in revenge for the murders of five Catholics in Lurgan and Whitecross last night.

    Initial reports suggest the passengers were forced to line up outside their vehicle, after which they were systematically gunned down.
    Detectives found more than 100 spent cartridges at the scene.

    One survivor remains critically ill in hospital with bullet wounds to his lungs and a further passenger, a Catholic, was ordered away before the shooting.
    Nine of the dead men were from the village of Bessbrook - the bus driver came from Mount Norris.

    Johnston Chapman had to identify the bodies of his two nephews, who died in the attack. He said: "They were just lying there like dogs, blood everywhere."
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    by Published on 29-12-2010 08:53 AM
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    It was a year in which dissident republicans developed the expertise needed to detonate large-scale car bombs and the government warned of possible attacks in Great Britain.

    BBC NI home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney assesses the threat posed by Northern Ireland's terror groups.


    It was an easy target. There were no security barriers or checkpoints to negotiate as a car packed with around 250lbs of homemade explosives parked outside Newry courthouse on 22 February this year.
    A short time later, as police officers were still trying to clear the surrounding area, the bomb exploded.
    No-one was killed or injured, but the shockwaves could be felt more than 40 miles away in the headquarters of MI5 in Holywood and the PSNI in east Belfast.

    Two months later, shortly after midnight on 12 April, just minutes after policing and justice powers were transferred to the Stormont Assembly, a similar device exploded outside Palace Barracks, where MI5's huge new offices are located.
    Those explosions were described by senior security sources as "game-changing events".
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    by Published on 16-12-2010 02:52 PM
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    Increasing police use of stop and question powers is justified because of the Northern Ireland security threat, an independent assessor said.

    The number of cases rose by a fifth in the last year. That is of concern in nationalist areas where use of the powers is seen as fuelling support for dissident republicans but police see it as a valuable tool for combating terrorism.

    Independent reviewer Robert Whalley said officers were facing a serious threat from dissident republicans which was not expected to relent.

    "My own judgment is that the overall increased use of these powers is justified in response to the scale of the challenge from the residual terrorist groups, and in particular the risk to life from firearms and explosives," he said.
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    by Published on 08-12-2010 09:40 AM
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    The sisters of a British soldier killed by the IRA almost 40 years ago placed flowers for the first time yesterday at the spot where a sniper shot him.

    Lance Corporal Richard Miller (21) was on undercover duty on the streets beside Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital when he was ambushed in August 1973.

    On what would have been his 58th birthday, the two women from the north east of England stood by themselves on the Falls Road yesterday and quietly remembered their only brother.
    Mother-of-three Karyn Jackson (51) from the Ashbrooke area of Sunderland, said: “I found it very emotional, but I'm glad I came to see where he died.

    “I was only 14 at the time and didn’t really understand. I heard and watched my parents’ pain, but there was no bitterness.”
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    by Published on 06-12-2010 03:45 PM
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    Three armed IRA men on the run from police have burst into a flat in central London and taken at least two people hostage.

    Officers have now sealed off the corner of Dorset Square and Balcombe Street, in Marylebone, after a car chase through the West End during which shots were fired.
    The gunmen are believed to be members of an IRA hit squad which has been behind a number of attacks in the capital and home counties over the past few months.
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