What’s a month between friends?

Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 17th November:

DUP ministers in a future Executive would be unable to prevent Sinn Fein attending north-south meetings, it emerged today.

The St Andrews Agreement, 13th October:

Attendance at NSMC and BIC. Amendments to the 1998 Act would provide for a minister with lead departmental interest in an issue under consideration at an NSMC/BIC meeting to be entitled to attend (with a power for a minister so entitled, by consent, to arrange for another minister attending to discharge his/her responsibilities), and a power for the FM/DFM to adjudicate where a Minister’s lead departmental interest was disputed.