Michelle O'Neill standing on the podium at Stormont on Thursday afternoon pontificating on Covid-19 regulations will make herself, and the entire Executive, a laughing stock.
At the very least, she needs to say sorry first. Not to unionist politicians or other opponents, but to the plain people of Northern Ireland who have abided by the rules O'Neill's party set and broke.
On Wednesday, she put the criticism of herself and Sinn Fein over Bobby Storey's funeral down to cheap "political point-scoring". If she believes that, then she is deaf and blind to public opinion.
This is not a story which exists in the Stormont bubble. It is one which has spilled out onto the streets. People of all religions and all politics, and none, are angry. They see Sinn Fein discarding the guidelines when they no longer suit.
If Michelle O'Neill maintains her position of refusing to apologise, then the big question is whether Arlene Foster will stand with her on Thursday afternoon for the Executive press conference.
The First Minister will be aware that doing so could endanger her own credibility.
Politicians from across the spectrum have been receiving emails, social media messages, and phone calls from emotional constituents who have made huge sacrifices when they themselves were bereaved.
An email to Mrs Foster came from a Catholic mother whose nine-day-old baby had died. She was hurt beyond belief by Bobby Storey's big funeral.
She had been forced to restrict who was there to comfort her as her tiny infant's coffin was lowered into the ground.
Sinn Fein's breach of the guidelines puts it in Dominic Cummings territory. And his actions were conducted privately. The Shinners brazenly flouted the regulations in a full frontal public display.
Michelle O'Neill even posed for a selfie with two other mourners in Milltown Cemetery. Imagine if Dominic Cummings had done that at Barnard Castle? I don't for a second believe that O'Neill is personally arrogant, but she is very misguided if she thinks that her actions didn't come across that way.
Bobby Storey's funeral was organised in the belief, conscious or subconscious, that he was "special", entitled to a send-off that other citizens have been denied. This is in conflict with the very tenets of republicanism where all the children of the nation are treated equally, and some are not more equal than others.
Sinn Fein is totally isolated on this issue at the Executive table. Michelle O'Neill continues repeating the nonsense that Stormont's funeral guidelines weren't breached. Let's get this clear - they were flouted on many fronts. The guidelines say that remains shouldn't be brought home and there should be no wake.
Storey's remains were brought to his home for a three-day wake. No more than 10 people are permitted inside the church. There are reports of up to 150 being present for Requiem Mass in St Agnes.
The guidelines prevent public gatherings of more than 30 people. There were hundreds, if not thousands, lining the streets for Storey.
This funeral was not organised in "the blink of an eye". Sinn Fein had over a week to plan it. The party could have abided by the rules and ensured it was private with a public event commemorating him in the Felons, or wherever, when the coronavirus crisis is over.
Even allowing for the importance of republican traditions, what unfolded surely can't be justified.
Storey wasn't killed "on active service". The war ended over a quarter of a century ago.
The only war that matters now is the one against Covid-19.
Sinn Fein supporters are circulating photos of searches for Noah Donohoe, or raising questions about social distancing at a rally for him, and saying these breached guidelines.
They demean themselves and their party by doing so. He was a 14-year-old boy missing, now dead. Neither Noah nor his mother Fiona sit at Stormont drawing up rules for the rest of us to obey.
Sinn Fein MLAs eulogised Storey when O'Neill was under pressure on Wednesday at the Committee for The Executive Office. There were references to his time in prison and in the IRA, and how he had been forced to leave his north Belfast childhood home because of intimidation.
Arlene Foster said that she had been forced out of her home as an eight-year-old because her father had been a policeman.
"It is wrong that we spend our time today reminiscing about what happened in the 70s, 80s and 90s. We have to deal with the public health of the people of Northern Ireland today," she added.
If the DUP can manage not to live in the past when it comes to Covid-19, surely Sinn Fein can make that leap too.