The Government has moved to ease concerns among Opposition TDs over the sale of the historic Moore St site.

Responding to questions from Sinn Féin’s Sandra McLellan and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that while the site was being sold, the buyer is the State.

The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said it was not being sold to "some banker or vernture capitalist".

Both TDs had expressed concerns over the site being part of the NAMA portfolio.

However, Mr Ó Riordáin said the Government would "not in any way be affected, delayed or otherwise impinged upon by any disposal of NAMA loan books", and he said the national monument site was being removed from the NAMA portfolio sale.

Regarding ownership to the State, the Minister said all loans would be discharged over the monument site and all licenses will be put in place to carry out the national monument works.

The State, he said, would safeguard the site and restore it back to how it was in 1916 and it will develop the 1916 commemorative centre on the site as a solid and fitting tribute to the leaders who held their final war council meeting there.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said the decision by the Government was made in order to bring the national monument to public ownership, to secure it's long term future and to complete the development of the proposed 1916 commemorative centre as quickly as possible.

"I want to make it as clear as I possibly can to dispell the confusion that always has been the hallmark of certain parties that seem to be more anxious to see nothing happen than the monument open to the public; and at a risk of repeating myself, the acquisition of number 14-17 Moore street is in progress and will completed as soon as possible", he said.