Independent Senator, Seanad Éireann, Ireland
Lynn Ruane is an independent senator, serving in Seanad Éireann since 2016. Seanad Éireann is the upper house of the Oireachtas (the Irish legislature), which also comprises the President of Ireland and Dáil Éireann (the lower house). Ruane is a former president of Trinity College Dublin's Students' Union. An early school leaver and single mother of two from Tallaght, she gained access to Trinity College as a mature student in 2011 through the Trinity Access Programme and was elected president of the Union in 2015. Prior to her return to education, she worked for fifteen years as an addiction programme developer and community worker in west Dublin, Ireland. Lynn is the author of the number one best-selling and award-winning memoir ‘People Like Me’. The memoir reached number one on the Irish paperback non-fiction charts and won the 2018 An Post Irish Book Award for best non-fiction.