• In Memory Of

    Private EDMUND RICHARD LINDSAY STEWART
  • NIVA Upcoming Events

    NIVA Service of Remembrance

    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • 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

  • News from Northern Ireland

    by Published on 04-02-2014 08:37 PM
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    A man who was jailed for the 1981 murder of a part-time police officer in County Londonderry has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned.

    Seamus Kearney was found guilty last December of killing RUC Reserve Constable John Proctor as he visited his wife and new-born son in hospital.

    Kearney's lawyers claimed he was wrongly convicted on the basis of DNA on cigarette butts found at the scene.

    The Court of Appeal upheld the DNA evidence and dismissed his appeal.

    The three Appeal Court judges ruled that the judge in the original non-jury trial was entitled to conclude the stubs were smoked and discarded immediately prior to the shooting.
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    by Published on 08-08-2013 05:07 PM
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    Intelligence failures by the British and Irish authorities in the handling of the Omagh bomb case has left a blot on their reputations that only a full public inquiry can address, families of some of the victims have insisted.

    Relatives urged the London and Dublin governments to tell the whole truth about alleged security gaffes in the lead-up to the Real IRA attack in August 1998, and the subsequent investigation, as they presented parts of a new report documenting their claims.

    The families say the information, which they are only publishing in part because they claim most is too sensitive, outlines new evidence that indicates opportunities were missed to prevent the bombing and subsequently to catch the killers.

    Twenty-nine people, including a woman pregnant with twins, died when the car bomb ripped through the Co Tyrone town.

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    by Published on 03-03-2013 11:09 AM
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    By Ed Curran Belfast Telegraph

    The terrible tragedy of Thomas Niedermayer and his family is a reminder that there are still two distinct groups of people living on this island those involved in such barbarity and the vast majority who had nothing to do with it.

    Mr Niedermayer, as an RTE documentary revealed at the weekend, was kidnapped, pistol-whipped, murdered and his body buried in a shallow grave.

    He was chief executive of the Grundig factory in west Belfast, which employed 1,300 workers in the 1970s. He fell victim to one of his employees, Brian Keenan, then a trade union official, who also happened to be one of the most ruthless leaders of the IRA.

    Mr Niedermayer's body was not discovered until eight years after his death. The full extent of his family's suffering is now revealed.

    His widow committed suicide, walking into the sea at Greystone in County Wicklow, and his two daughters also took their own lives, in South Africa and Australia.

    Keenan went to his grave as a revered republican, mourned and saluted as one of the architects of the peace process. Only now do we learn of the gruesome role he played in Thomas Niedermayer's murder.
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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 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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