A Belfast woman who lost both her parents to Covid-19 within days has renewed calls for the senior government adviser Dominic Cummings to step down.
On Monday, an extraordinary Downing Street rose garden press conference with Mr Cummings was at the centre of national attention as he refused to apologise for driving from London to Co Durham during the height of lockdown.
He said the journey was reasonable and made to ensure his children would be cared for if he and his wife became ill, and to ensure their safety after receiving threats in London.
Bronagh O'Connell from north Belfast lost her parents Ignatius and Mary O'Connell - aged 89 and 86 - in April.
"I think it is a case of one set of rules for one and a very different set for another," she told the Belfast Telegraph. "We were fortunate enough to have mummy and daddy at home with us and they didn't die in hospital.
"But the sacrifices we had to make, my sister couldn't come to see them because she just had surgery to her ankle so she never got to see daddy and mummy before they died at all.
"When you're Joe Bloggs and abide by the laws of the country you can't do it. Yet he seems to have taken the law into his own hands.
"It's gone too far. Why are they stipulating rules to keep society safe and he deems himself worthy to do whatever he wants?"
Ms O'Connell said she also became ill with the virus but still had to care for her family.
"There are lots of people who get the virus and can continue doing what they need to do. So he could have continued looking after his children instead of bringing them to his grandparents to be looked after.
"When I look at the loss that we have had in our family, when mummy and daddy died I had the disease and continued to look after them.
"So you can fight on through it. It took me a long time to get over the disease and I've only recently got rid of the symptoms completely."
As restrictions begin to ease in Northern Ireland, she appealed for the public not to become complacent.
"When I watch people walking in groups past my window, I feel like telling them to come into my living room to see what this disease is like," she said.
"It's not a pretty thing to watch. I do worry about there being another mad outbreak in a couple of months as the rules soften.
"We buried a mummy and a daddy and I don't think there's any concept of how catastrophic their lives would be if the same thing happened to them - and I mean catastrophic.
"I was having lunch with my son there and I had to say to him that my head was still in a spin, nearly six weeks afterwards.
"Why is it that a Chief Medical Officer in Scotland had to be let go, but he stays because he's the Prime Minister's friend? He should be let go."
Reacting to Mr Cumming's Downing Street briefing, the SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said his behaviour had "critically undermined" the Government's public health message.
"For all the confusion in their approach, the Stay at Home message was not complex. No one could reasonably interpret that as giving a green light to travelling hundreds of miles to Durham and then travelling further to a beauty spot to test your eyesight," he said.
"This is now a test of this Conservative government.
"They have a simple question to answer - what is more important, saving Dominic Cummings job or saving lives? There is only one answer."
He added that those separated from friends and family needed certainty their sacrifices had not been made in vain.