Tánaiste Simon Coveney told the Guild of Agricultural Journalists Michael Dillon memorial lecture in Dublin last Friday night that the biggest single issue in Irish politics over the next 12 months will be – wait for it – Brexit.

And yet, according to the RTÉ election exit poll, only one in 100 people said it concerned them, a real indicator of the “disconnect” between the public and the Government. And it is very worrying. Here is the man at the coalface of the Brexit story telling us that we should be worried.