Lynn Ruane at Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union election count in the Mont Clare Hotel, Dublin on Friday night
The single mother from Killinarden in Tallaght, Dublin dropped out of school without completing her Leaving Cert when she became pregnant at the age of 15. She was “seven or eight months pregnant” when sitting the Junior Cert and “wouldn’t have had the greatest experience in secondary school in the first place”, she admitted.
But fast forward 15 years later and Lynn (30) has become a shining light for equality and triumph over adversity after being elected President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union…
….Her road back to education began almost immediately after Jordanne’s birth, when she took up a alternative education system pilot programme for young mothers in Jobstown, Tallaght. When she was 17, she went on to do a course in addiction studies in Tallaght IT – against the wishes of the coordinator, who felt she was too young. By the age of 21, she was working for the Canal task force to develop a service for young drug users.
“When austerity hit, it unnerved me how quick things got pulled out of communities, so I felt I needed to get a better education to fight it,” said Lynn…
…She stated at a hustings that she wants her children to “grow up in a world where your gender, class, parental status or race is not a barrier to success” and that “everything I do is to create an environment for my amazing young girls to flourish…”
Released today – following amusing design controversy – to the readers of The University Times.
It’s literally a badge of design compromise.
“In early April, a logotype was presented for preliminary approval to the Board, despite significant opposition from internal college groups, such as the Fellows, who had said that they “did not think [their] views were being listened to”.
Significant controversy arose from a perceived name change in the initial logotype, which dropped the “Dublin” from “Trinity College Dublin” in favour of “Trinity College, the University of Dublin”, in an effort to emphasise that Trinity was a university.
The logotype was also perceived to look toy-like and less “heraldic”, leading to widespread parody on social media. The logotype approved today retains the “Trinity College Dublin” name and includes a more heraldic logo.“
They didn’t get where they are today by paying tax.
Jack Leahy writes
The establishment of the new company limited by guarantee would allow the College to seek charitable status from the Revenue Commissioners, given that the objectives of the company would support those of the College. Approval for charitable designation, which the proposal claims “should be available”, would exempt College’s online teaching from paying tax on tuition fees received.
In order to arrange effectively for the tax-free transfer of funds between the new company and the College it may be necessary that students pay fees directly to the College, who would in turn reimburse the company for “services rendered”.
As a distinct legal entity, it is possible that Trinity Dublin Online would be allowed to circumvent the public sector Employment Control Framework (ECF), which restricts the number of staff who can be hired from exchequer funding.
“For me, it’s not only the new logo, or indeed this entire project, that I object to, but also what its adoption would represent: the hypocrisy of a university that claims to be proud of its history and traditions, yet aims to hide them in commercial exercise – a university that
focuses its resources on attracting new students and higher rankings rather than respecting the students and staff that it already has.”
Student journalist Sineád Baker on Trinity College Dublin’s proposed changes.
The front gate at Trinity College Dublin this morning.
According to the Garda Press office a number of cars were damaged in the incident that saw a vehicle drive into the grounds on Trinity College and hit the wooden door, causing extensive damage.A 68 year old man was arrested and was taken to Store St Garda station.