Central Bank 'to buy Anglo building'


The Central Bank has agreed to buy the half-completed Anglo Irish Bank office block North Wall Quay from the National Asset Management Agency for about €8 million, according to a report.

Anglo  had planned to use the tower as its headquarters before its collapse.

Bloomberg, citing an unnamed source,reported today a deal had been agreed.

The Irish Times reported in December that the bank had emerged as the most likely purchaser of the concrete shell.

The Central Bank’s staff are currently based in three main locations in or near the city centre.

US bank BNY Mellon also looked at locating in the building.

Nama wants to dispose of the site as part of its resolution of the debts of Liam Carroll’s Zoe Developments group.

"We don't comment on speculation about individual  transactions, but we've previously indicated that we are optimistic that we will secure a satisfactory deal in respect of this property in the medium term and that remains our position," Nama spokesman Ray Gordon said today.

Central Bank spokesman Neil Whoriskey insisted no deal had been finalised. "We don't comment on the specifics of individual negotiations."