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In her address to the YPN, Senator Ruane reflected on her years of activism and her political career and will discuss the importance of her own life story as a tool and drive for change during this time. According to Senator Ruane, your own story, matched with your own lived experience, can be a powerful tool in the fight to overcome obstacles and to be heard. When you tap into that voice, it’s not only empowering but often necessary to bring about change and to benefit yourself and society.


About the Speaker:

Senator Lynn Ruane is an independent member of Seanad Éireann, representing Trinity College graduates in the Oireachtas since 2016 and serving as the deputy leader of the Seanad Civil Engagement group during that time. She was elected to the Senate while President of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union, where she gained entry as a mature student through the Trinity Access Programme. Her legislative priorities in office have focused on equality of access in education, gender equality & reproductive rights, tackling socio-economic inequality and advocating for progressive reforms of drug, migration and social welfare policies. Prior to her entry to politics, she developed addiction programmes for 15 years as a community worker in west Dublin.

You can register for this event, free of charge, by emailing, stating you wish to attend the Ruane event in the subject of your email, or by filling in the registration form below. This event is open to all members of the IIEA’s Young Professionals’ Network. Membership of the YPN is available to all people between the ages of 23 and 35 and there is no membership fee. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.