The Comptroller and Auditor General report into the sale of NAMA's Northern Irish loan book will be published later this week.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty said the report will be brought to Cabinet on Wednesday and will be published later that day or on Thursday morning.

If an inquiry was needed the Cabinet would make a decision in a prudent manner, she added.

The 2014 sale of NAMA's Northern loans, known as Project Eagle, to US investment company Cerberus Capital Management has been mired in controversy.

It had a book value of £4.5bn. The purchase price was not disclosed but NAMA said at the time it was the biggest single transaction in the agency's history.

The C&AG report into the deal has reportedly found shortcomings and irregularities which could have resulted in hundreds of millions of euro being lost.

Ms Doherty also said the Taoiseach had invited all the party leaders to discussions to examine how the issue might be dealt with.

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has called for a Commission of Investigation into the sale and earlier this week, opposition TDs called for an inquiry into the sale.

Independents4change TD Clare Daly has said both the Government and Fianna Fáil have been "caught napping" on the sale and she said her colleague Mick Wallace had been citing irregularities with the sale process as far back as 14 months ago.

She said the 90 TDs who had voted down Mr Wallace's Dáil motion two months ago on an inquiry should have very red faces.