A woman who could not see her mother buried due to Covid-19 restrictions has told how she was reduced to tears after watching crowds at the funeral of Bobby Storey.
Brenda Doherty spoke out after a row erupted over the presence of senior Sinn Fein figures, including Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill, at the service, which was attended by several thousand people.
Health Minister Robin Swann warned that breaches of coronavirus rules such as those seen in west Belfast could plunge Northern Ireland into a Leicester-style regional lockdown.
Mr Swann stopped short of joining unionist colleagues in calling for Ms O'Neill to resign over her participation in the huge gathering.
He did say, however, that he feared her attendance at the Storey funeral, where there was a "clear beach of the Executive's own regulations", could lead to a Dominic Cummings-style revolt among the public.
The PSNI said it would review footage of the funeral and "consider any suspected breaches" of the regulations.
Stormont rules indicate that up to 30 people are currently allowed to meet outside while socially distancing.
Sinn Fein minister Conor Murphy, who was also present along with Mary Lou McDonald and former leader Gerry Adams, said all reasonable steps had been taken to follow the guidance.
But the daughter of Ruth Burke (82), who died on March 24 and was Northern Ireland's fourth coronavirus victim, said she had been left "so angry".
"As a family, we have done everything that has been asked of us," an emotional Mrs Doherty said. "To say I feel we have been kicked in the teeth is an understatement.
"Fourteen weeks ago our mummy died. We accepted we couldn't be with her. We accepted we couldn't bring her home. We accepted that only 10 of us could be there.
"We accepted that we couldn't carry her. We accepted that she was lowered into the grave before my sister and I were allowed inside the cordoned-off area.
"I know that restrictions have been relaxed since then, but not to the degree we saw today. We are all hurting.
"Only 30 can attend in line with social distancing. It's not the first time we have seen funerals that have broken the guidelines, but to see the Deputy First Minister attend with her party members is a step too far.
"You have disrespected us, you have disrespected the guidelines you signed off. Shame on you, Michelle O'Neill. Shame on you.
"My family has not been together yet to mourn as one. I haven't seen my granddaughter since Mummy died. We haven't been able to be there for each other.
"Today I'm left feeling as if I have 'mug' written over my face."
This is the second time in four days that Ms O'Neill has been criticised, having travelled to Dublin at the weekend for the formation of the new Irish government.
On April 9, she said about funerals: "We can't grieve in the way that we normally do.
"The rules are there for a reason. Everybody needs to follow the rules. No one is exempt."
On Monday, the day before the Storey funeral, Ms O'Neill said: "Everyone who is attending the funeral should observe the public health advice."
At Tuesday's Stormont briefing, Mr Swann voiced his condemnation.
"I'm concerned with what I saw in west Belfast. We cannot afford any part of Northern Ireland to become another Leicester where we have to look at regional lockdowns," he said.
"In regards to a breach, I believe that the PSNI have been asked to investigate that."
Mr Swann said he "sincerely hopes this isn't the Dominic Cummings effect in Northern Ireland", referring to when the public believed they had been given an excuse to break the rules after Boris Johnson's adviser travelled to the north-west of England during lockdown.
Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, who was forced to have a small funeral following the death of his father Charlie in April, said he understands the anger many families who buried loved ones during the pandemic will now have.
"What has happened today is something which will heap further pain upon those families," he explained, adding that it "seriously undermines the credibility of the regulations that the Executive have still in place and the senior people in the Executive being in attendance at it".
Justice Minister Naomi Long said: "When those who make the rules break the rules, it is more hurtful still for all who made huge sacrifices to obey the regulations."
TUV leader Jim Allister said Ms O'Neill's position was "untenable" following her "grossly offensive and insulting conduct".
UUP leader Steve Aiken said it was a case of "the leaders of the republican movement showing a flagrant disregard for public health guidance".
Conor Murphy said all reasonable steps had been taken to follow the guidance, with an "enormous number" of stewards present to manage crowds.
He added: "This clearly is a very, very popular figure within republicanism. It was clearly going to be a very significant funeral and all efforts were made to try and manage that in line with the guidance."