TTIP, negotiations on which have been ongoing since 2013, seeks to establish a free trade zone between the two sides of the Atlantic. Since the start of the talks, the deal has drawn severe criticism for the lack of transparency. Its opponents also express concern over the tremendous power it would potentially give to international corporations and the fact that it could seriously violate ecological standards.
"We've had a lot of concerns before America bolted out of the TTIP…. It seems to be dead in the water at the moment with America's new approach to it, but I still think it's going to have a difficult time getting passed anyway, even without America taking this new position because a lot of people have concerns with it," Carr said on the sidelines of the ENES 2016 forum in Moscow.
Violations of workers' rights by the deal were of particular concern for Ireland, he added.