People Like Me - Lynn is an inspiration to women everywhere

By William O'Connor

Senator Lynn Ruane’s new powerful and inspiring memoir ‘People Like Me’ is a must read book for 2018.

Lynn, who is from Killinarden, is a former President of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union and has long been an activist and campaigner on issues of justice and equality.

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The new book to be officially released next week, is an inspirational memoir about family, class and identity from one of the rising stars of Irish politics.

A force of nature from the day she was born, Lynn Ruane grew up in a loving home in Tallaght.

But in her early teens things began to unravel, and she fell into a life of petty crime and chaotic drug use.

By age fifteen, pregnant with her first child, no longer attending school and still reeling from a series of shocking incidents in her personal life – Lynn decided she had enough of running away from herself and set about rebuilding her life.

Inspired by her daughter, she returned to education and, with the help of some brilliant mentors, slowly began to heal the hurt of her younger years.

She began campaigning on behalf of the people society had left behind by developing addiction services, becoming an activist in Trinity, and then as a senator in the chamber of the Seanad.

But as the debate around consent gained pace, the lines between personal and political were redrawn, and Lynn was called to reckon with her past in a new and frightening way …

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.

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