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    Guardsman STEVEN JOHN SHAW
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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 22-07-2012 03:20 PM
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    Republican figurehead Danny Morrison tells of his revulsion at atrocity and admits claims that police ignored bomb warnings were unfounded.

    Forty years after the horror of Bloody Friday, a one-time senior republican has described his feelings of personal shame.

    July 21, 1972 is remembered for the carnage of an IRA bomb blitz across Belfast in which nine people were killed and more than 100 seriously injured.

    Those who remember it recall a day of sheer terror and fear — one of those horrific news days that in the words of veteran journalist Robin Walsh showed “the real effects of terrorism”.

    A number of unionists have used the anniversary to call on the Sinn Fein leadership to tell the full story about what happened on Bloody Friday and for the PSNI to launch a new investigation, as they have pledged to do for Londonderry’s Bloody Sunday.
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    by Published on 02-07-2012 11:51 AM
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    Sinn Fein has played down newspaper reports that the former leadership of the IRA could be preparing to offer an unequivocal apology to the terror group’s victims.

    The party’s chairman Declan Kearney said he doubted whether reports in the Sunday Business Post had been founded on any firm investigative basis.

    He added that the IRA had “left the stage” seven years ago.

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also played down reports of a fresh apology while speaking to RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan on Saturday night.

    He said reconciliation was vital, but required efforts by all sides in the conflict to deal with the legacy of the past.

    During the live show, the Sinn Fein politician also revealed details of his private meeting with the Queen on her visit to Belfast on Wednesday.

    That included the acknowledging of the IRA murder of the Queen’s cousin Lord Mountbatten in 1979.
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    by Published on 28-06-2012 11:50 AM
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    When the Queen visits Northern Ireland tomorrow, we will be a witness to history in the making. Her visit will be like none other that has gone before.
    The handshake with Martin McGuinness will grab the international headlines. While no one should underestimate the significance of this mutual gesture between a British monarch and a former IRA leader, there is more to the new Northern Ireland than a handshake.

    The Queen's visit could not come at a better time. She will see for herself, from Belfast in the east to Enniskillen in the west, how far our society has progressed. She will find a Northern Ireland more at ease with itself than at any time in her 60-year reign.
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    by Published on 21-06-2012 12:40 PM
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    Sinn Fein is milking Westminster to claim £460,000 a year for its constituency offices in Northern Ireland — despite none of its MPs taking their seats.

    And its TDs are breaking parliamentary rules in the Republic by paying activists out of cash claimed for travel expenses.

    Sinn Fein said people voted for its abstentionist MPs and that it used the money to provide “first-class constituency services”.
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 10:33 PM
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    The mother of an 11-year-old boy is angry that children at a Gaelic Athletic Club football blitz at the weekend were given medals bearing the picture of a dead IRA man.

    The medals given to the Under-12 boys at Galbally Pearses Club in Tyrone featured Martin McCaughey.

    He and IRA man Dessie Grew were shot dead by the SAS in October 1990.

    "It was outrageous. My son was asking what the hero did," said the mother who did not want to be named.
    "We had no warning that the medals would be dedicated to a dead IRA man." "I think we should have at least been told what the medals would have on them and given a chance to decide whether we wanted our children to take part or not."

    A press officer for Tyrone Gaelic Athletic Association said: "If the mother has a comment, she should make it to Tyrone County offices, they would obviously look at it."
    A spokesman for the GAA's Ulster Council said: "The Ulster Council has no comment to make until we receive official notification from the individual involved."
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    by Published on 16-05-2012 12:31 PM
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    A Londonderry man has claimed that republican vigilantes told him to go to anger management classes or get shot.

    The Republican Actions Against Drugs (RAAD) has been behind paramilitary-style shootings against those guilty of so-called "anti-social behaviour".

    But Hugh Brady, a community volunteer, said he was surprised by the claim.

    He had never heard about anyone being ordered to go on an anger management course by RAAD, he said.

    Mr Brady is a volunteer adviser at the Rosemount Resource Centre which acts as an intermediary between RAAD and those threatened by the group.
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    by Published on 25-04-2012 02:44 PM
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    Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was involved in authorising the IRA murder of two RUC officers in 1989, according to evidence given to the Smithwick Tribunal.

    Former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst - also known as Martin Ingram - claimed the murders were "authorised by Northern Command" and "Mr McGuinness was OC Northern Command".

    Sinn Fein said Mr McGuinness totally rejected the allegations, saying they were "more lies from an individual with a highly dubious track record".

    The spokesman added: "Judge Smithwick has already been critical of the quality and nature of the evidence provided to his tribunal by the British state.

    "This individual, who uses a variety of names including Martin Ingram, has no credibility. By his own admission he is part of a British security apparatus which played a very negative and malign role in the conflict.
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