David Drumm, former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank

A call for the extradition from the U.S. of  David Drumm, the disgraced former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank, has been made by a senior Irish opposition figure.

Deputy Leo Varadakar, a member of the opposition shadow cabinet, has called on the Government to immediately seek the extradition of  Drumm.

He said the activities of some bankers were “as serious as subversion”. He was speaking to The Irish Times.

Drumm has been sought in ireland for his role in the massive losses of over $40 billion that Anglo endured, money the Irish taxpayer is now on the hook for.

Drumm has filed for bankruptcy in a Boston court. and on Sunday gave an interview to the Sunday Independent where he apologized for his actions.

"I would say to you at a human level, there isn't a day goes by, all day and sometimes all night . . . I'm haunted by what we as a bank, as the management, as the board of the bank, could have done differently to not end up where we ended up," said  Drumm.

"If people could understand how truly sick to my stomach I am about all of the people I know in Ireland who are suffering, that have lost their jobs and are just generally in despair because they can't pay their mortgages.

"I have friends and people [in Ireland] who I worked with and whom I speak to every single day, who live with it every day.

"I came from a very ordinary background. My father was a truck driver. He raised eight kids. My mother saw very hard times, because if you think about it today, trying to raise eight kids on a truck driver's wage, it's not even imaginable how that was done.

"I'm not that far from understanding what's going on in peoples' lives. I'm sick to my stomach, frankly, about what's happened to our country. I'm sick to my stomach about what's happened to a bank which for 20 years did so well and contributed to the country in the way it did.

"It's a terrible calamity and a poster child for everything that's happened to our country and I have to live with that every day. But I genuinely am horrified by what has happened."

"My position has been consistent from the very start: that I will co-operate with all agencies. Despite the spin in the national papers, I am in very regular contact with all of them and I have sworn testimony to one agency and made submissions to another.”