Annual Reports

Léargas Annual Report 2023

“A highpoint for Léargas this year was participating in the ‘European Year of Skills’, an awareness campaign designed by the European Commission to highlight the importance of skills development in fostering social inclusion and empowering individuals to thrive in an ever-changing world. Celebrated across Europe, the European Year of Skills aimed to create a fresh focus on lifelong learning, while promoting the mindset of skills-development, reskilling, and upskilling. Léargas embedded this theme throughout our work all year and contributed by promoting skills development and lifelong learning opportunities through our various initiatives and partnerships. We see every day how European programmes like Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, eTwinning, EPALE and Youth Wiki foster skills development, and this year was an opportunity to reflect on and enhance those developments further.”  Lorraine Gilligan, Executive Director

Download our 2023 Annual Report 


Our History

Léargas were established in 1986 to support international exchange and collaboration in the youth sector, mainly through European Commission-funded education and training programmes. In the succeeding years, we broadened our range from the youth sector to include formal and informal education and training. In addition to European programmes like Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action, we have run a range of nationally funded programmes such as the Education Equality Initiative and WorldWise, as well as joint Ireland-Britain programmes NcompasS and Causeway.

You can see more about the work we do and the projects we support on our YouTube channel.



Young People enjoying a Youth Exchange

Léargas work under the remit of the Department of Further Education, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Our Executive Director reports to a Board appointed by the Minister.

Our Board members are:

  • Frank Crummey (Chair)
  • Jean-Marie Cullen
  • Dipti Pandya
  • Margie Waters
  • Nuala Keher
  • Theresa Reidy

We have five teams in the organisation:

  • Strategic Engagement and Communications
  • Finance & Corporate Services
  • Operations & Finance
  • Education & Training Development
  • Youth, Sport & ESC Development

See Our Team for details.



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