The family of a Limerick man who was killed in North Carolina say they are disappointed at the lack of assistance in trying to bring his two children back to Ireland.
Jason Corbett moved to the US four years ago with his son and daughter after his second marriage.
Jason's brother-in-law Dave Lynch is named as the children's guardian in his will.
He has a custody hearing in the US on Friday, as he fights to bring the children back to this country.
Mr Lynch said that although he has had contact with the Irish Consulate, he needs more diplomatic help to bring the children home.
When asked about what help he has received from the Consulate, he responded: "Absolutely nothing, not a thing."
"We're here on our own fighting this battle," he said.
"We need help. We're here trying to get two Irish citizens home to attend their father's funeral and try to help them through their grief.
"The Consulate.. The last time we saw him was Wednesday. I rang him this morning to give him an update.
"It's a crazy situation what's going on here, it's actually unbelievable."
He said earlier that he has "grave concerns" for the health and well-being of the children.
When contacted, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that it "is providing consular assistance to the family of an Irish citizen who died in North Carolina".
It added that it does not comment on individual consular cases.