Father, son 'may have fallen into stream' the night before

Tuesday 29 March 2016 10.23
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Flowers and toys left near where the bodies were discovered
Flowers and toys left near where the bodies were discovered
The area was sealed off and the State Pathologist was alerted
The area was sealed off and the State Pathologist was alerted

Gardaí believe the father and son who were found dead in a stream in Dublin may have fallen into the water the night before.

Post-mortem examinations were carried out today on the bodies of Sean Sweeney, who was in his 30s, and his three-year-old son, Tyler Joyce.

Their bodies were found in a ditch with a stream running through it yesterday afternoon.

It is thought they used a shortcut through a fence over the Royal Canal but may have slipped and fallen from a height into the water.

Their deaths are being treated as a tragic accident.

The Garda Water Unit examined the area today, using a ladder to gain access, while door-to-door inquiries were carried out.

The father and son were visiting relatives in the Ashington housing estate off the Navan Road.

Local Labour councillor Brendan Carr said a child died in similar circumstances at the same spot some years ago and he has called for improved safety measures.

A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann has said there is a "repeated issue of fencing being damaged" in the area. 

Iarnród Éireann says the fencing was repaired as recently as 12 March.