The findings of the independent investigation into Belfast City Council's handling of Bobby Storey's cremation was like the RHI report - the proverbial damp squib.
No smoking gun was found, and the general conclusion was that a cock-up - not a conspiracy - led to up to 30 mourners being allowed to attend the service in Roselawn Cemetery while eight other families were kept at the gate. Many questions still remain as to how this appalling situation came to pass. It's important to note that this was not a public inquiry with statutory powers of compulsion over witnesses and documentation. The 116-page report categorically rejects claims that there was a republican "takeover" of Roselawn, and states that at all times council staff were present at the gate.
Wild allegations that republicans "took control" of the cemetery, and that staff were intimidated and harassed, were always a ridiculous sideshow.
There were no paramilitary trappings at the funeral. Neither was there a flag nor a guard of honour. The report found that the numbers attending were in the "high 20s" and within the rules.
It is the differential treatment that those eight ordinary families received compared to the Storey's - and the reasons behind it - that always should have been front and centre of the debate.
The report found no evidence of political influence being brought to bear on council chief executive, Suzanne Wylie, over the IRA leader's cremation.
Sinn Fein group leader at City Hall, Ciaran Beattie, had called her on June 25 to "seek clarity" on what the arrangements would be for the cremation. Ms Wylie said this was purely a request for information and there was no "ask".
A request wasn't made for "bespoke arrangements" for Bobby Storey's cremation and she felt under no pressure.
Similarly, the council's director of city and neighbourhood services, Nigel Grimshaw, who has since retired, said that "Sinn Fein did not tell him to facilitate the committal service nor did anyone else".
Barrister Peter Coll QC, who conducted the investigation, concluded: "It appears to me that the evidence does not establish that the determining factor for the difference in treatment was Mr Storey's status as a former senior member of Sinn Fein per se, nor that in some way Sinn Fein had applied pressure to have the change regarding committal services brought about."
But the reality remains that, in death, Bobby Storey was treated like a VIP while other families effectively had to sit at the back of the bus.
The report notes the "shock, frustration and devastation giving way to anger and hurt" that those families experienced.
Some felt that their "loved ones had been treated as a 'nobody' to be quickly dealt with in order to clear the way for the cremation of Mr Storey".
Indeed, a relative referred to it as "one law for them, one law for the rest of us". It's impossible to dispute that view.
The tawdry treatment those families received can't be rectified.
This wasn't like messing up a birthday, anniversary of some other occasion.
It doesn't get more traumatic than a funeral. Those who made the decisions that led to such a scenario can say sorry, but they can never put it right.