The following week I was off to Ireland to speak at a one-day conference on “Issues in Contemporary Records Management” at University College Dublin. Records Management is still somewhat in its infancy in Ireland, so all credit to Julie Brooks of UCD for obtaining the funding and pulling together an excellent cross-section of speakers, mostly from the UK, who spoke about different challenges, including Julie McLeod on current research in the field, Zoe Smyth on dispositioning in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Conan Tormey on the corporate world of banking, Alan Bell on FOI and the challenges of RM in the university environment, Claire Johnson on her experience as a consultant, Mark Farrell on the scope for working in the RM sector in Ireland, and my own talk on the “big bucket” approach to retention scheduling. There’s clearly a demand for this type of training and for information about RM as the event was fully booked within a day of being advertised. The audience came from all sectors of work and included the students on the UCD course. The panel at the end of day faced a multitude of questions and the audience clearly had more but most of the speakers had long journeys home, so a halt had to be called! A very enjoyable and successful day.