FF leader: Trump has values of Europe's far right
Micheál Martin has backed Hillary Clinton as his preferred choice to win the US presidential election, arguing that Donald Trump shares values with the "extreme right" in Europe.
The Fianna Fáil leader called Ms Clinton "a great friend of Ireland" and a "voice for decency" in contrast to Mr Trump.
The campaign of billionaire property tycoon and reality TV star Mr Trump has lurched from crisis to crisis in recent weeks. He has been hit with a series accusations about his treatment of women, following the release of a tape where he was recorded making lewd comments about an actress.
Mr Trump has made anti-immigration policies a cornerstone of his campaign and Mr Martin's remarks appear targeted at this.
He spoke of a rise of authoritarian populists in many countries and how "these dark forces" must be opposed. He noted that the US election was two weeks away and said: "The behaviour of the Republican candidate [Mr Trump] has a frightening amount in common with extreme right parties in Europe.
"In contrast, Hillary Clinton has been a resolute voice for decency and democratic values."
It is unusual for senior political figures here to express a preference for which candidate will win a US election, but Mr Martin said: "I for one have no difficulty saying that Hillary Clinton is the only choice for people who care for the success of America and its role as the world's leading democracy."