Tributes have been paid to former SDLP MLA P.J Bradley who has died.
Mr Bradley died following a short illness.
He had been an MLA from 1998 until 2011 and previously served on Newry and Mourne District council.
SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said: "It is with the deepest sadness that I learned of the death of our friend and colleague PJ Bradley this morning.
“Politics was in PJ’s blood. A fierce advocate for his local community in Burren and for all communities across South Down, his compassionate and considered way will be deeply missed by all who knew him. PJ’s contribution to Ireland and his life long work across the island to develop and support the peace process distinguishes him as a patriot.
“I also want to send my deepest condolences to PJ’s family, especially his daughter Sinead who has taken up her father’s mantle as a champion for the people of South Down. This is a sad day for the SDLP but I know our members in South Down and the entire community will be a pillar of strength for Sinead and her family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Uasal.
On Twitter SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie said: "Deepest sympathies 2 Sinead & Bradley family on the passing of her father PJ who was a former fellow MLA with me in SD. Political stalwart."
SDLP Councillor Sharon Haughey said: "Deeply saddened to hear of the death of PJ Bradley, he was one of life's good guys. A Proud Burren and Down man".
Former SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said: "Sad on hearing of the death of friend and colleague PJ Bradley.former MLA May he rest in peace."
And veteran journalist Eamonn Maillie said: "I doubt if anyone had an unkind word to say about PJ Bradley who has died. I always found him a gentleman. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. E."