Bodies of man and child found in Dublin canal

The scene in Cabra (Pic: Robin Schiller/
The scene in Cabra (Pic: Robin Schiller/

GARDAI are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of two bodies in Dublin this afternoon.

The discovery was made 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 man and a three-year-old boy were discovered in a stream which is part of the canal. The scene is near train tracks.

"Gardai 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."

It is understood that the bodies may have been there since last night.

It is believed the man may have been in the area visiting his parents.

Local Cllr Brendan Carr (Labour) has said that the community has been left "devastated" by the news. 

"Naturally our hearts 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.

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 area 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.