An investigation is under way after two bodies were discovered in Ashtown in West Dublin this afternoon.
The bodies, believed to be that of a father and child, were found in a small amount of water in a stream linked to the Royal Canal behind the Ashington housing estate.
The discovery was made by a member of the public around 3pm.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, and the 3 year old boy were taken from the water and the area has been have sealed off.
The state pathologist is due to attend the scene shortly.
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jack Chambers, says the community are in shock this evening;