Well, that took a while. Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has belatedly conceded "regret" this week over how her attendance at the Bobby Storey funeral fiasco undermined public trust in the Assembly's Covid rules.
She assures us that she is now committed to rebuilding the aforementioned lost trust.
Arlene Foster has welcomed that Michelle has "acknowledged" the undermining of the public messaging - and the hurt and anger caused.
The intriguing question isn't just why so many of those centrally involved in preaching Covid constraint have fouled up. It's why so many have subsequently found it so very hard to apologise.
Michelle O'Neill wasn't Sinn Fein's only big hitter to take part in the circus surrounding the Storey send-off.
Given the terrible toll that Covid has claimed, it must surely have occurred to those organising the Storey funeral that this would not play well with the public. They went ahead anyway.
Michelle O'Neill, the Sinn Fein leader, has now been allowed to stretch to a sort-of apology.
I wonder if Michelle O'Neill, the family woman, might not herself have wished to apologise more fully. And much sooner.
As it is, the length of time it's taken her to get round to expressing some carefully worded regret comes across as unfeeling and self-serving.
There's always going to be party political point-scoring after Covid infractions such as this one.
Whether it's Michelle, Dominic Cummings, or Nancy Pelosi in the US, rivals pounce faster than cheetah upon wildebeest.
But the ultimate judges of "Do as I say, not as I do" arrogance are we, the people.
And we, the people, don't like it.
It's odd that so often public figures don't cop (or possibly care) how the people they depend on for backing and votes don't like being taken for fools.
If you do get found out or just blatantly flaunt disregard for those rules, it's going to enrage not just people who wouldn't vote for you anyway, but people in your own corner.
The right thing to do immediately afterwards, in terms of both propriety and damage limitation, is to apologise fully.
But Dominic Cummings' response was a pompous speech from the Number 10 garden and a ludicrous claim to have driven up the motorway to test his eyesight.
Nancy Pelosi showed similar short-sightedness at the salon sink. Ms Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and fervent advocate of mask-wearing, was pictured in a hair salon in San Francisco where, under local laws, all such establishments should be closed.
She was getting her hair done. While unmasked. Her response? She accused the salon owner of setting her up.
The stylist who'd opened the place had assured her it would be okay, she insisted. Nancy must have known it wasn't. But no Pelosi apology. Instead, she's now demanding the salon owner apologise to her .
It goes without saying this sort of bouffant bluster doesn't play well with a much wider audience than just the San Franciscan hairdressing community.
The reason why "sorry" is seen to be the hardest word for politicians is that it's regarded (by your opposition anyway) as an admission of poor judgment.
The general public tend to be more magnanimous when genuine remorse is expressed.
Leave it too late, like Michelle, and that anger and hurt Arlene mentioned isn't dissipated.
Try to talk your way out of it, like Cummings, or blame others, like Pelosi, and it just gets right up people's noses.
Politicians don't always learn from their own mistakes.
You'd think that occasionally they might learn from the mistakes of others.
Extinction Rebellion do not, apparently, believe in Press freedom.
Earlier this week, protesters blockaded several big printing presses in order to foil the distribution of a large number of major newspapers.
XR accuse the papers of failing to print "the truth about climate change".
The publications they ensured didn't reach the public included the Sun newspaper, which carried a long interview with Sir David Attenborough - about the threat posed to our world by global warming.
An eco own-goal there. An all-round XR PR disaster.
Disturbing news for Nicola Sturgeon as she campaigns for a referendum on Scottish independence.
The Shetland Council is now demanding a referendum on independence for the Shetland Islands - from Scotland.
They want to be classed as a Crown dependency, like Jersey. The problem for Nicola is that the Shetlanders also want to take with them not just fishing rights, but North Sea oil.
Shexit, they're calling it. I imagine Nicola is calling it something similar.
Poor Ashley Banjo, from dance troupe Diversity (there's a clue in the name), has had a torrid week after a multitude of complaints were made to Ofcom about a Black Lives Matter-inspired routine on Britain's Got Talent. Seriously. This is the level of debate on racism? Is it really about Diversity - or diversity?