The focus of the Government should be on testing people for Covid-19 who are coming to Ireland - not leaving, according to an infectious disease expert.
The Department of Transport is considering swabbing travellers before they leave the country and only allowing them go when they have tested negative.
Professor McConkey said: "The people who are travelling into Ireland, to do that [a Covid-19 test] a day or two before they come here, because that would protect us here.
"In terms of Irish people's health in Ireland, and I know it's a bit selfish to think that's all we are considering,
"It's the people coming into Ireland that are our biggest risk not the people leaving the country."
Yesterday the Department of Health reported no new Covid-19 deaths however 20 new coronavirus cases were confirmed.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said that the "highly infectious disease" is still circulating in communities.
"It is a dangerous illness that no-one wants to catch," Dr Glynn said.
Earlier today the HSE confirmed that the lowest number of Covid-19 patients are currently in hospital since the peak in April.
Chief Executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, said there are 10 confirmed positive cases in hospital, with five patients with Covid-19 receiving treatment in intensive care.
The figures show a 96% drop from a peak of 140 people in intensive care in April.
Thankfully this morning, we are at our lowest hospitalised #COVID19 cases since the peak. There are 10 confirmed positive cases now in hospital, with 5 in ICU. Our thoughts with everyone for a full recovery. @HSELive— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 25, 2020
Mr Reid tweeted: “Our thoughts with everyone for a full recovery.”