Freedom of Information

Read about Freedom of Information and Access to Information on the Environment, and how to make an application.

Freedom of Information

What is Freedom of Information?

Freedom of Information, or FOI, is the right to access official records held by Government Departments or other public bodies. This right is defined by the FOI Act, 2014.  Visit the Irish Government Freedom of Information website for detail.

A large group of school students enjoying an Erasmus+ mobility project

FOI Organisation Details for Léargas

What is Léargas?

Léargas is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. We work under the aegis of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and our Board is appointed by the Minister. Léargas manage international and national exchange programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training. We are the National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, Vocational Education and Training, Youth and Sport.

What Do You Do Exactly?

What Services Does Léargas Provide?

Léargas manages exchange and cooperation programmes in the formal, non-formal and informal education, training and youth sectors.

The Léargas remit does not include making decisions on policy in education or youth work. However, Léargas provides input into policy making at both national and European level as requested by the relevant Government Departments or the European Commission.

European Solidarity Corps volunteers laughing together

What Do You Spend and How Do You Spend It?

Where Can I Find Financial Statements?

Financial Statements are included in each year’s Annual Report.

Further Details

Who Does Léargas Report to?

Léargas reports on FOI requests regularly or as requested to the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.


Access to Information on the Environment

In addition to Freedom of Information requests, members of the public can request Access to Information on the Environment (AIE).

You can make an AIE request by email or by post. Léargas staff are working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, so it is best to use email during this time. Your request must state that it is submitted under the AIE Regulations 2007-2018. You can also use the Government AIE application form.



Lorraine Gilligan,
AIE Contact,
King’s Inns House
Parnell Street
Dublin 1
D01 A3Y8

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications requests annual statistical information about AIE requests received by bodies that operate under Government Departments. Léargas provides statistics on any requests we receive to our parent department.  We reported no requests in 2020.