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    Constable JAMES GLOVER
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    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 23-01-2013 12:37 PM
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    By Lindy McDowell - Belfast Telegraph
    You watch that shameful scene on the news of a couple of yobs launching a railway sleeper at the legs of a police officer (in the name of "honouring the flag") and you think to yourself who would want to be a frontline cop in Belfast right now?

    Money wouldn't pay you.

    Yet, having said that, you can also understand how much justifiable pride those men and woman (and their families) must surely have in the truly remarkable and admirable job they do.

    All those of us who support the rule of law owe them all an enormous thanks.

    Whatever the arguments about overall police strategy, the officers facing down the rioters night after night have shown true, shining courage.

    Around a hundred have been injured since this carry on started. A scandalous, shameful statistic.
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    by Published on 13-12-2012 02:41 PM
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    By Ed Curran, Belfast Telegraph

    When Alex Maskey became the first Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast, he invited me to lunch.
    On my way down Royal Avenue, I met a friend from South Africa and we walked together towards the City Hall. As he caught sight of the Union flag fluttering over the building, my friend expressed surprise: "I thought you told me the Lord Mayor was from Sinn Fein?"
    "That's right," I replied. "The fact that the flag is still there and a Shinner is in the Lord Mayor's parlour tells you how far politics have travelled."
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    by Published on 02-11-2012 12:45 PM
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    Two men are being held by police in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black in Northern Ireland - one of them a well-known republican.

    Colin Duffy, 44, and another man, aged 31, were arrested in the Lurgan area early this morning and have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime suite for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

    Mr Black, 52, was gunned down on the M1 motorway early on Thursday as he drove to work at the top security Maghaberry jail near Lisburn, County Antrim.
    The father-of-two's car veered off the road and into a drainage ditch after the shots were fired. He was on a stretch of the motorway between Portadown and Lurgan - a dissident republican stronghold in County Armagh.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 10:03 PM
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    Two children are thought to have been stabbed by their father before he took his own life, the BBC understands.

    Police believe the man was Michael Pedersen, from Surrey, who was found in Newton Stacey, Hampshire, with his children Ben, seven, and Freya, six. The children had already been found dead before their mother reported them missing on Sunday evening, police said.

    Mr Pedersen, 51, was an ex-serviceman who survived an IRA attack in London, a former colleague has told the BBC.
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    by Published on 17-09-2012 08:51 PM
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    Three men have appeared in court in Dublin charged with membership of an illegal organisation known as the Real IRA.

    They were arrested as part of an investigation into the funeral of leading Real IRA man Alan Ryan on Saturday 8 September.

    Ryan was shot dead in north Dublin on 3 September. Shots were fired over his coffin during the funeral and masked men and women were present. Fourteen other people who were arrested were released without charge.

    In court were 33-year-old Nathan Kinsella of Matt Talbot Court in Dublin, Darragh Evans, 23, of Grange Park Rise in Raheny and 22-year-old Vincent Ryan of Grange Avenue Drive in Donaghmede.

    They were remanded in custody to appear again before the court on Friday, 21 September.

    The Garda (police) staged a major operation around the funeral, but made no arrests over it on the day.
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    by Published on 07-09-2012 01:02 AM
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    Slain Real IRA terrorist Alan Ryan was under investigation in relation to serious crime on both sides of the border, it emerged last night.

    Police are linking him to incidents, including a murder, that are believed to have been organised by the Real IRA faction in Londonderry.

    Ryan is believed to have developed strong links with several dissident activists in the north west after his release from Portlaoise jail in the middle of the last decade.

    And he maintained a close relationship between his Dublin-based gang and the leadership of the Derry faction, particularly after being involved in a major row with the terrorists' 'commander' in Dublin.

    Ryan was thought to have used his 'muscle' to help the Derry terrorists with some of their operations.

    Within hours of his murder on a Dublin street, the Derry branch of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, alleged to be the political wing of the dissident group, paid tribute to Ryan on a website.
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    by Published on 10-08-2012 10:07 AM
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    Northern Ireland, in case you hadn't noticed, is a weird place. Most of the time, I love its colourful oddity.

    For instance, I was thrilled when I heard that Edwin Poots, our arch-creationist health minister, had fired a shotgun out of his bedroom window, to warn off intruders.

    I have the most exquisite image of Mr Poots in my mind, clad in a pair of paisley-print pyjamas, buttoned right up to the neck, of course, blasting two shots into the still night air. Things like that just don't happen anywhere else. Except, perhaps, in Alabama.
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