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lynn1Lynn Ruane, President of the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union

Anything good on the Saturday Night Show?

Melanie O’Connor writes:

Christina Noble and her sisters, Philomena and Kathleen, will be in studio to share their story having been reunited this week for the first time in 53 years after being separated as children. Brendan will launch and showcase images from the Here I Am exhibition. Photographer Dan Murphy and participating children and their families will join Brendan on the night to chat about their involvement in the project.

Lynn Ruane who was recently elected to take over as President of Trinity College Dublin Students Union in July drops by to talk about life on and off campus and what lead her to run for President. Irish Poet Paul Durcan will also be in studio. Plus American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams will perform ‘Gimme Something Good’.

Good line-up, in fairness.

FIGHT!

The Saturday Night Show, RTÉ One, 10.10pm.

Pic: Kevin O’Rourke (Trinity News)

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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…”

Lynn Ruane elected first female president of TCDSU in 12 years (Andrew O’Donovan, TrinityNews)

Trinity student president vows to fight college austerity (Nicola Anderson, Independent.ie)

Lynn Ruane Elected TCDSU President (Sinead Baker, The University Times)

Pics via Trinity News