Monday 18 December 2017

Early school leaver becomes Trinity’s new Student Union president

Lynn Ruane (30)
Lynn Ruane (30)

By Elaine McCahill

An early school leaver from Tallaght has been elected as President of Trinity College Dublin Student’s Union.

Lynn Ruane (30) left school after she did her Junior Cert exams, but in 2011 she decided to return to full-time study.

“I was eight months pregnant when I did my Junior Cert and I left school after that,” Lynn told the Herald.

“I got into TCD through the Trinity Access Programme and I’m currently in my third year studying philosophy, political science, economics and sociology."

The Dubliner said she was “shocked” when she won the election on Thursday night.

“I couldn’t believe it, I’m the complete opposite of the type of person who is normally the SU President,” she said.

“I thought other students wouldn’t want to hear what I had to say – they’re not used to someone with my working class accent standing up at hustings.

“But I had underestimated the appetite for change and obviously they were ready for someone different.”

Lynn, who has two children, Jordanne (14) and Jaelynne (8), says she wants her children to “grow up in a world where your gender, class, parental status or race is not a barrier to success”.

This year, she has served as the Student Parent Officer on the Students Union. She hopes she can mobilise Trinity students to protest about issues both inside and outside the university.

“I want to move the SU towards more political activism and I plan on holding workshops to educate students on certain issues and then put on a well-planned spectacular demonstration,” she explained.

Former women presidents  of TCDSU include Senators Ivana Bacik and Averil Power.

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