Analysis: Step aside housing naysayers, Cairn’s Michael Stanley thinks you’re all wrong

Michael Stanley, the head of Cairn Homes, thinks the sector has enough workers to meet the country’s 50,000 homes a year target

Michael Stanley, chief executive officer, Cairn Homes. Picture: Fergal Phillips

It is probably quicker to name who doesn’t think labour shortages are hampering Ireland’s housebuilding sector.

It’s a short list, and Michael Stanley, chief executive of Cairn Homes, may be the only person on it.

Within the last year, each of the Construction Industry Federation, the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland and Irish Plant Contractors’ Association, to name a few, have all warned of labour shortages impacting the state’s ability to solve the housing ...