• In Memory Of

    Constable JAMES MUNNELLY
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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
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

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    by Published on 27-11-2010 05:35 PM
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    They look a sombre and imposing bunch, five senior officers in the Royal Irish Constabulary posing in Musgrave Street Police Station in Belfast as the 19th Century gave way to the 20th.

    They form just one photograph out of dozens now on display there.

    Belfast's brand new state-of-the-art police station had opened in December 1893, some months late, and a little over budget.

    A mere 117 years later, many of the officers who served in it over the years have been wandering along its endless labyrinth of corridors one last time.

    The station was manned by officers from two other forces, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

    The brand new police station for the 21st century is getting its finishing touches a matter of yards away inside the same compound.
    Once today's officers move in, the older red brick buildings are due for demolition early in 2011, to be replaced by a carpark.
    In its time the old station saw riots, a police mutiny, and during the Troubles, bombs and grenade attacks.
    by Published on 16-11-2010 01:46 PM
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    Prince William is to marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House has said.

    William, second in line to the throne, will marry in London next spring or summer and live in north Wales where he is serving with the RAF.
    The couple, who are both 28, became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.
    They began dating eight years ago while studying at St Andrews University in Fife, where they shared a house.

    The royal engagement was announced in a brief statement released by Clarence House.
    It said: "The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
    by Published on 04-11-2010 05:46 PM
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    Two of Northern Ireland's politicians are spitting nails after a trip to visit troops in Afghanistan was called off because they were too portly for Army flak jackets.

    Lord Ken Maginnis and David Simpson, DUP, had been due to fly out this week to meet soldiers from the Royal Irish and the Irish Guards but the Army couldn't find flak jackets large enough to fit them.

    "To be told at the last minute that the British Army has not got two flak jackets with a 54" chest was just a bit thick," said Lord Maginnis who weighs in at about 18 stone.

    "I wanted to go out and meet the troops and made considerable efforts to clear my diary.
    "So this made me very cross. I am no giant, neither is Davy Simpson. We are both reasonably normal, although we are bigger than most."
    by Published on 01-11-2010 01:36 PM
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    Separate explosives have been defused in Northern Ireland as dissident republicans stepped up their campaign.

    A viable pipe bomb and suspected flammable liquid was discovered by airport staff in a Toyota car at the long stay car park in Belfast International Airport on Saturday afternoon. The alert ended on Sunday morning.

    In Lurgan, Co Armagh, a 40kg explosive in a beer keg was made safe by army technical officers after a member of the public raised the alarm on the Tullydagan Road on Friday.
    Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said: "Both devices had the potential to cause injury and damage.
    by Published on 19-10-2010 04:03 PM
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    DNA on a cigarette discarded at the scene of a policeman's death 29 years ago led to a man being charged with murder, a court has heard.

    RUC reserve constable John Proctor, 25, was shot dead in Magherafelt in September 1981.

    Seamus Martin Kearney, 54, of Gorteade Road, Swatragh, was arrested on Monday.

    A policeman told the court his DNA sample matched one on the cigarette. Mr Kearney, who denies the charge, was granted bail.
    Mr Proctor had just visited his wife and new son in the Mid-Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt, when he was shot dead in the car park.
    by Published on 12-10-2010 05:17 PM
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    A Lurgan republican accused of the Real IRA murder of two soldiers is claiming he was subjected to sexual and physical abuse during a prison strip-search.

    Colin Duffy, 42, has been in custody since March of last year when Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were shot dead outside Massereene barracks.
    His claims have meant the preliminary investigation into the murders - due to restart has been delayed again.
    by Published on 01-10-2010 03:24 PM
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    Thirty-eight prisoners have escaped from a high-security jail in Northern Ireland.

    One prison officer has been killed and another seriously injured during the mass break-out of Republican inmates from the Maze jail near Lisburn.

    Ten of the prisoners - who were all from Block H7 - were recaptured in the first few hours, but the remainder are still on the run.

    Security forces mounted the biggest search operation Northern Ireland has ever seen within minutes of the escape.
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