Crescent Arts Centre, Cube Theatre
31st March: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Senator Lynn Ruane: People Like Me
Lynn Ruane is an independent senator serving in Seanad Éireann, a former President of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union and a lifelong activist and campaigner on issues of justice and equality. Her recent memoir People Like Me reached number one on the Irish paperback non-fiction charts and won the 2018 An Post Irish Book Award for best non-fiction. Intimate and brave, People Like Me is the exhilarating story of one woman’s journey to the brink and back, emerging as a leading light for change in Ireland and an inspiration to women everywhere.
Ruane grew up in the Dublin working class suburb of Tallaght. She became a single mother and left school aged 15. After returning to education, she studied drug addiction and helped to develop local services for drug users.
In the Seanad, Ruane sits with the Civil Engagement group – an alliance of like-minded mostly independent senators seeking to bring civil society expertise and experience into the Oireachtas. In May 2017, Ruane introduced the Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill to the Seanad which proposed removing criminal sanctions for minor drug possession and shifting to a health-led approach to addiction and illicit drug policy.
She was a member and vice-chair of the special Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which was established to examine the repeal of Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion and recommend the legal grounds to access an abortion in Ireland.
The Irish Times named Ruane as the 2016 Senator of the Year.