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Quill promises swift justice

LADIES FOOTBALL: Pat Quill, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association president, has condemned the violent scenes that marred the end of the recent Tyrone senior final -- and urged Red Hand administrators to deal swiftly with the matter.

Match referee Simon Brady and Tyrone Ladies chairman Martin Conway were knocked out after they were assaulted at the end of last month's Carrickmore-St Macartan's decider. A full investigation is under way and Quill believes that it should be concluded "within the next week or two."

Quill, speaking at the official launch of the TG4 All-Ireland ladies football championships at Croke Park yesterday, vowed that there will be no "dilly-dallying" in the Tyrone investigation -- which he wants concluded quickly.

"The Tyrone County Board are conducting that -- they want to give everybody a fair chance," he said. "The investigating committee will bring their recommendations to the Tyrone County Board and they will make a decision. But there will be no dilly-dallying -- it will be done as soon as possible."

Quill added: "You'd always be concerned when something like that happens because there is just no place for it in any sport.

"Sport is sport and what happened in Tyrone was not sport. But we have every confidence in Tyrone County Board and the various units to deal with it.

"And this comes down to clubs -- to deal with it within clubs themselves. Of course we would hope that it's an isolated incident but I can assure you that it will be dealt with and we will not condone that."

Meanwhile, 2010 TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin have been handed a difficult first-round qualifier against Kildare.

The two defeated Leinster semi-finalists were pulled out of the hat together at Croke Park yesterday.

There's an all-Ulster tie down for decision when Down take on last year's All-Ireland intermediate champions Donegal, while Munster rivals Clare and Tipperary were paired together. The remaining fixture sees Sligo take on Armagh.

Three of the four ties will be played on the weekend of July 23/24, with one tie to be played with the All-Ireland minor final a week later.

Irish Independent