It seemed strange, on a wintry Friday morning, parking at Gatwick's "Summer Special Parking" for my flight to Belfast to attend the Socitm Northern Ireland Regional Meeting, but, at \u00c2\u00a35.50 for the day, it offered the cheapest deal.\nI arrived at the Park Avenue Hotel, the event venue, in time for the morning coffee break. There was a good turn-out in spite of the inclement weather.\nThe agenda mostly concerned utilising Web 2.0 technologies. Dave Newman, from Queen's University, presented on its e-consultation research project. I can't quite remember how he got to it, but the presentation included this YouTube video of a busy junction, probably in India, which excited a lot of interest!\nCaron Alexander, the N. Ireland Chair, had already circulated the Socitm Position Statement, which I again plugged in a short update.\nAfter lunch, I stayed for the Committee's meeting, and we discussed the proposal for a federal society. There were some concerns about the ability to maintain local relevance whilst supporting Socitm UK core themes, but colleagues supported the proposal and agreed to participate in a UK workshop to develop the detail.