The Minister for Justice and Defence has said he believes the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive, David Drumm, should co-operate with the gardaí as he has been requested to do.

Alan Shatter said Mr Drumm should make himself available to answer any questions that remain to be answered in the context of the investigations taking place.

He made his comment after noting that Mr Drumm was now protesting over the coverage taking place in the Irish media from the US.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Drumm said that he will no longer allow himself to be a scapegoat for the banking crisis.

Meanwhile, new Anglo Irish Bank tapes were published by the Irish Independent this morning. 

They include a discussion in January 2009 between two of the bank's executives, where they discuss the €7 billion from Irish Life and Permanent that was used to bolster Anglo's end of year balance sheet some months earlier.

The Governor of the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, said yesterday that the content of the taped conversations between Anglo officials was reflective of a culture that was offensive and embarrassing nationally.