Sean Quinn says he is afraid to go to prison but he will if he has to.
Last week, a High Court judge jailed the son and nephew of the bankrupt businessman for three months after finding failures to adequately comply with court orders aimed at reversing measures stripping multi-million assets from the Quinn family’s international property group.
Sean Quinn Junior is serving his three month sentence but Peter Darragh Quinn failed to turn up in court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
In an interview on the Joe Finnegan Show on Shannonside Northern Sound, Sean Quinn Senior said his nephew Peter was ''desperately'' afraid to go to prison.
"He did seem to have some desperate fear of prison for whatever reason. I'm scared of prison. it's the last thing (I want to do).
"If you're after running a business for 38 years and are 65 years of age and you feel hard done by and you try to protect yourself and your family and go to prison…if that's the society we're living in then I'm happy to accept that."
And he defended the decision to attempt to hide assets from Anglo Irish Bank: "We made a very concious decision in the days approaching it, once we found out that Anglo were about to take it, that they tried to sell Hilton in Prague and Mike Aynsley went on national radio to say there were going to be changes.
"We didn't make immediate efforts to secure something that we were after building up. We're not the easiset men in the world to advise and we took it upon ourselves to do it and felt it was the right thing to do. We still feel it was the right thing to have done."
Also speaking, Sean Quinn's daughter Colette says she has had no contact with her cousin Peter since the warrant was issued for his arrest.
And she refused to call on him to turn himself in: "I feel sorry for Peter that he felt he had no option but to do this. My heart goes out to him. If he is listening to this, I'd like to say that I hope he's well and I'm thinking about him every day.
"I think he's in a very difficult situation as well as Sean. I couldn't advise him on what to do, Peter knows better than I do about what he should do."