THE former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank did not reveal the existence of the Anglo Tapes to major inquiries into the collapse of the banking system because he was "not asked about" them.
Alan Dukes questioned the involvement of politicians in any inquiry, saying: "It's not their business to carry out that investigation."
Meanwhile, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has signalled that just such an Oireachtas inquiry is the Government's priority.
Interviewed on RTE radio's 'Drivetime', Mr Dukes said inquiries conducted by Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan, financial experts Klaus Regling and Max Watson, and another by Finnish banking expert Peter Nyberg, never raised the subject with him.
He said: "I responded to the questions that they put to me.
"It's not for me to decide how they carry out their inquiry."