Coveney recalls childhood stammer struggles
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Coveney recalls childhood stammer struggles


Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has spoken about how he overcame a childhood stammer which once meant he struggled to read aloud.

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As a schoolboy, he recalled breaking pencils under his desk in "frustration" at being unable to speak properly in class.

Mr Coveney is one of Ireland's most high-profile politicians, having served for more than two and half years as tánaiste (deputy prime minister).

He also became a prominent figure on the international stage during the Brexit negotiations.

Minister Coveney discussed his personal experience of dealing with a speech impediment to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day on Saturday.

Speaking to Irish broadcaster RTÉ,, external he said he wanted to use his position to support other people who struggle to communicate.

"If you've got a stammer or a stutter, there's nowhere to hide. That's the truth, which means it can be quite cruel," he said.

"So that's why I think it's important for people like me, who struggled when I was in school to simply read out loud, who broke pencils under the desk out of frustration because I couldn't get words out; and now it's my job every day to speak to the public.

It was not the first time that Mr Coveney has discussed his speech impediment.

At a conference in 2014, external, he told the audience he once suffered from a "significant stutter" and "couldn’t speak properly" as a young boy.

"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 so long to get through sentence by sentence.”

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