The Independent Commission for Information Retrieval (ICIR) will facilitate the private seeking and receiving of information about Troubles- or conflict-related deaths by victims and survivors.

Individuals can provide information to the ICIR on a confidential basis. This information will then be passed on in those cases where family members of victims have approached the ICIR.

Where the HIU provides an investigatory function with a view to prosecution, the ICIR is designed as the truth recovery strand of the SHA mechanisms. Dr Lauren Dempster talks about the ICIR in more detail in this video.