In an editorial, which can be read in full here, Editor Tim Vaughan explained why the decision was made to publish the upsetting image.
"This is one of those occasions when we feel the gravity of a situation justifies the publication of the photograph you see before you," he writes.
"It does not get much more horrific than this image of the little Syrian boy who never made it to safety in Europe."
Aylan’s sad story and the photograph of his tragic death have resonated with Irish Examiner readers and struck a cord with people around the world.
Many of our readers have been sharing their thoughts on the image across social media. Here are ten of the comments left on our Facebook page today.