The Central Bank has agreed to pay about €8m for a half-completed Dublin office block that is synonymous with the property crash.

This is according to a person familiar with the matter.

A Bloomberg report said the bank will buy the building on North Wall Quay from the National Asset Management Agency. 

Anglo had planned to use the tower as its headquarters before the company's collapse helped push Ireland toward the international bail-out in 2010. It had once been valued at €250m.

''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," a spokesman for NAMA told Bloomberg.

The building was constructed by Liam Carroll, one of the country's biggest developers. He has seen many of his assets seized by banks.

"No deal has been finalised," a Central Bank spokesman, said. "We don't comment on the specifics of individual negotiations,'' he added.

Irish commercial property prices have fallen about 65% since September 2007, Investment Property Databank said in January.

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan had said in February that after 33 years in the Dame Street headquarters, a new home was being sought. The bank's staff are currently operating out of three units in the city.