Senator Lynn Ruane, an independent member of Seanad Éireann, has represented Trinity College graduates in the Oireachtas since 2016, serving as the deputy leader of the Seanad Civil Engagement group since then. Elected to the Seanad while president of TCD’s Students’ Union, she entered as a mature student through the Trinity Access Programme. Her legislative priorities have focused on equal access to education, gender equality and reproductive rights. She has tackled socio-economic inequality and advocated for progressive reforms of drug, migration and social welfare policies. Before entering politics, she developed addiction programmes for 15 years as a community worker in West Dublin. She is the author of the award-winning memoir, 'People Like Me'.