GARDAÍ are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of two bodies in Dublin this afternoon.
The bodies were found shortly after 3pm.
A garda spokesman confirmed that they were called to the scene at Ashington Green in the Ashtown area of Dublin.
The body of a local man, believed to be in his 30s, and his son (3) were discovered in a stream which is next to the Royal Canal. The scene is near the Dublin to Sligo train track.
They may have been in the area visiting relatives.
Local councillor Brendan Carr (Lab) said the community has been left "devastated" by the news.
"Naturally our heart go out to the families involved in this incident. It is the second tragedy involving a child to occur in this body of water in recent years.
"It must now be a necessity to implement safety procedures and standards in this area," he said.
The politician said the pair were in the area visiting a relative on Easter Sunday.
Cllr Carr said: "This man was originally from Finglas. He was a very nice young lad. He was bringing the child over to a relative to get some easter eggs.
"He lived in Finglas and this was a shortcut home. This is horrific, god help them."
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North Dublin TD Noel Rock said: "This is an unspeakably tragic incident. Easter is always a time for family, so to hear of someone passing away tragically on their way home is truly sad. My heart goes out to the family, and to those affected by this awful loss."
Emergency services are currently at the scene, and gardai have cordoned off a large area of Ashington Green close to the canal.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade are assisting gardai, and the two bodies remain at the scene.
The full circumstances of what occurred are still unclear, but it is believed to have been a tragic accident.
A garda spokesman said: "Officers were called to a scene at Ashington Green, Ashtown, Dublin 7 shortly after 3pm.
"The body of an adult male and a male child were discovered in a stream which is part of the Royal Canal."
A spokesman for Irish Rail confirmed that trains between Ashtown and Broombridge stations were stopped for 30 minutes after the discovery."At the start it was unclear if this was on rail or canal so we had to stop the train.
"It was stopped for around half an hour. There were a couple of hundred passengers on the trains at the time but when they learned the circumstances they weren't too upset about the delay."