An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has weighed in on the Keelings debate, saying that while agriculture workers are essential, he had not “envisioned” hundreds of seasonal workers flying into the country.

No one expects the Taoiseach to have powers of prophecy but he could expect to be better briefed, considering his Department of Business had issued 500 permits to the horticulture sector long before the Keelings controversy for harvest 2020.