Monday 25 September 2017

Watch: Simon Coveney reveals how he overcame speech impediment in poignant video

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A video has emerged showing Simon Coveney speak poignantly about how he overcame a speech impediment as a child.

In the video, which was published online, the Housing Minister reveals how teachers would not ask him to read in class due his stutter.

And he told how when was asked to do a party piece, he would always sing the song ‘Happy Talk’ by South Pacific, which is about one’s dreams coming true.

“When I was a child, I couldn’t speak. At least I couldn’t speak properly. I had a speech impediment. I had a significant stutter,” Mr Coveney said in the 2014 video.

“And so, when I was asked in our party gatherings to do my party piece, I would always sing. And that’s the song I sang. Because people with a speech impediment can normally sing as badly or as well as anybody else, even though they can’t speak.

“When I was in school, in English class or in French or Irish class, when it came to reading prose or paragraphs, the teachers simply skipped me. Because I took too long to get through sentences.”

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