Council chairman Mark Murnin signing one of the Books of Condolence.
Council has opened books of condolences in Warrenpoint and Kilkeel for murdered journalist, Lyra McKee.
The 29-year-old journalist was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting and violence in Londonderry last night (Thursday). Police have started a murder inquiry and are blaming dissident republicans for the killing.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has opened Books of Condolence for the journalist's partner Sara, family and friends.
Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin was first to sign the book and said: "The opening of these Books of Condolence will allow the good people of our district to offer their sympathies to Lyra’s family and friends.”
The council has opened Books of Condolence available from the following council premises:
* Crotlieve –Warrenpoint Town Hall
* Downpatrick – Down Arts Centre and Downshire Civic Centre
* Newry – District Council Offices, Newry and Newry Town Hall
* Rowallane – Ballynahinch Market House
* Slieve Gullion – Crossmaglen Community Centre
* The Mournes – Newcastle Centre