Interview with Independent Senator Lynn Ruane July 8, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…in Hot Press. Jason O’Toole conducted it and it’s an interesting read. She’s had a wide range of experiences – arguably wider than many of her colleagues in the Seanad – in relation to being a single parent, drugs and so on. Also some useful observations on decriminalisation of drugs – marijuana yes, Class A drugs not so much. But she’s actually quite equivocal about the first. And commendable honesty and uncertainty over other issues too:
What are your thoughts on legalising prostitution?
Another one were I flip/flop depending on who I speak to. One minute I speak to someone that wants to legalise it and I go, ‘Yeah! That’s the best argument I’ve ever heard’. And then I hear someone that is like, ‘No, we can’t legalise it’, and they give me their argument and I also understand that.
But what of her role as Senator?
Improving the situation of education in poorer areas is a big thing for me. The progression rate of working class kids on to third level education is something that I want to have an impact on. Third-level funding has been stripped to the bone. Third-level is really at crisis point and nobody’s talking about it. The Minister and the government have to understand that if we want to have good graduates with good outcomes for the country, we need to reinvest in our third-level system and not allow industry become the leader in it
What is striking is how the word ‘left’ isn’t in the interview whereas the term ‘working class’ is – four times seeing as you asked. Again, well worth a read.