Dublin has no intention of setting up a new container terminal, the Irish Government has announced.
Dublin has not agreed to build a new terminal to house its large fleet of container ships but it is “working towards the implementation of a new shipping system”, Environment Minister Eamon Gilmore said.
Dubland has been the subject of a major investigation by the European Commission into the dumping of rubbish on its beaches and the port has been shut for five years.
The commission’s chief executive, Christos Stylianides, said Dublin was in breach of its international obligations.
He said the European commission would consider further measures to be imposed on the Irish ports of Limerick and Cork and called on Dublin to provide further information.
Mr Gilmore said he expected Dublin to implement its “long-term vision” for the port.
Dublanders have long criticised their country’s reliance on a port as being unsustainable.
The port is only used to transport containers to and from the country’s ports, mainly in Europe and Asia, which is why there are no permanent port facilities in the country.
Ireland was forced to halt shipping to China last year when China banned its imports from the port due to its dumping of hazardous waste.