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'I am proud management team is 40pc women - no quotas, just best for job'

This Working Life: Tara Kearney MD of medical supplies company Healthcare21 in conversation with Mary McCarthy

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Tara Kearney

Tara Kearney

Tara Kearney

Needing direction: I was an A-student at Inter Cert but the grades disintegrated by sixth year as my social life proved more absorbing.

I repeated the Leaving in 1990 and then did a computer programming course, dropping out when I realised what writing code involved.

I'm from a working class background and earning a regular income seemed most important then, so aged 16 I started working in the local Quinnsworth (now Tesco) in Cork for four years.