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    Sergeant BRIAN MICHAEL BROWN
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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 24-04-2012 12:49 PM
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    A man has been arrested in England by detectives investigating a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland almost 40 years ago.

    The 62-year-old was detained in Blackpool by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch, with the assistance of officers from Lancashire Police and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

    He was held following a review by the Historical Enquiries Team into the shooting of John Huddleston in Durham Street, West Belfast, on March 24 1973.

    Factory worker Mr Huddleston, a 28-year-old Catholic, was shot a number of times on his own doorstep by loyalist paramilitaries as he returned from a night out. His brother was wounded in the attack.

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    by Published on 17-04-2012 01:42 PM
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    The Orange Order has received a grant of almost 900,000 from the European Union to help address the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Communities at sectarian interfaces and border areas which suffered disproportionately during the Troubles will benefit, the organisation said. The Stepping Towards Reconciliation in Positive Engagement (Stripe) project will be based in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

    Drew Nelson, chairman of the Orange Community Network, said: "The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland believes there is an imbalance of weak community infrastructure, low confidence and low levels of participation within the Protestant community, particularly
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    by Published on 10-04-2012 07:18 PM
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    Six men who were arrested following a dissident republican rally in Londonderry on Monday remain in police custody.

    Several hundred people attended the event during which a masked man read out a statement from the Real IRA, threatening to attack police.

    The arrested men were taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

    The police said they kept a distance from the rally, but a security force helicopter monitored the scene.

    The BBC's Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson said a small group of men lined up and marched in paramilitary style uniforms during the event, which was held at Creggan Cemetery in the city.

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    by Published on 28-03-2012 12:16 AM
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    The PSNI spent more than 4m on the first so-called supergrass trial here for more than 25 years.

    Twelve men were acquitted of all charges against them after a judge said the two main prosecution witnesses were liars and "ruthless terrorists".
    Details of the costs have been revealed in a letter to the justice committee at Stormont.

    Their trial is expected to be one of the most expensive ever held in Northern Ireland. It relied on the evidence of so-called supergrasses, Robert and Ian Stewart.

    Nine men involved in the UVF supergrass trial were acquitted of the murder of UDA leader Tommy English.
    They included the alleged former UVF leader in north Belfast Mark Haddock.
    Thirteen men had been charged with more than 30 offences including the murder of rival loyalist Mr English, kidnapping, and UVF membership.
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    by Published on 11-03-2012 12:07 AM
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    By Eamonn McCann - Belfast Telegraph
    Failings in the police investigation of the murder of Jean McConville prompted the efforts currently under way in the US courts to obtain tapes of interviews with former paramilitaries.

    The suggestion is made in a submission this week by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Massachusetts District Court hearing an appeal against a ruling that some of the tapes, currently held by Boston College, should be handed over to the British authorities.

    The Massachusetts affiliate of the civil liberties union (ACLUM) also alleges that part of the motivation for the action has been to discredit the Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams.

    It is believed that the tapes contain allegations from former members of the Provisional IRA that Adams organised the kidnap and killing of the west Belfast housewife in December 1972.

    "The investigation into the abduction and death of Jean Mc Conville by the PSNI and its predecessor the RUC was, simply, a non-investigation - at least until the matter became grist for political opponents of Gerry Adams," says the ACLUM.
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    by Published on 21-02-2012 11:40 AM
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    By Liam Clarke - Belfast Telegraph

    The story of the Troubles can be seen as a growing understanding between the Irish and British states whose latest fruit was the Queen's visit to the Republic.

    In that time Britain moved, in the Irish psyche, from an ancient enemy still to be treated with suspicion to a neighbour with shared interests.

    By 1989, when Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan were murdered at Jonesboro, the process was fairly advanced.

    The Smithwick Tribunal in Dublin has heard that the officers died returning from an intelligence exchange with gardai where a joint operation against Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, chief of staff of the IRA, was planned. That showed progress.

    Yet the fact that the officers' movements were compromised led to suspicion that some in the gardai may have helped the IRA target them. At the tribunal, three retired officers all denied involvement.
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