The most telling images to emerge from the funeral of Bobby Storey were not those of Sinn Fein leader Michelle O'Neill breaking social distancing guidelines, but who carried his coffin into the republican plot at Milltown Cemetery.
The remains of the IRA's director of intelligence were shouldered by Gerry Adams, Gerry Kelly, Sean Hughes, Sean 'Spike' Murray, Martin 'Duckser' Lynch and Martin Ferris.
The six make up the political and military wings of the modern-day Provisional republican movement. It was no coincidence that they came together to give the final 'lift' to Storey's coffin before it was brought to Roselawn Cemetery for cremation.
While ex-West Belfast MP Adams, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly, and former Kerry North TD Ferris represent Sinn Fein, with both Kelly and Ferris having previously been convicted of IRA offences, Lynch, Hughes and Murray symbolise the modern-day Provisional IRA.
Security sources believe Martin Lynch was appointed the organisation's chief-of-staff in 2014 with the support of the late Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams, both of whom he worked for as an official driver.
Aged around 60, he was jailed for 10 years in 1982 after being caught with an IRA rocker launcher, machine-gun, pistol and ammunition. Lynch was shot and seriously injured by the RUC as he fled from a car containing the haul which was rammed by police.
In 2016 Lynch was also chosen to replace Storey when he fell ill as Sinn Fein's northern chairman. As he did at Martin McGuinness's funeral, Lynch placed the Irish tricolour on Storey's coffin.
South Armagh man Sean Hughes, nicknamed 'The Surgeon', has been one of the most senior figures in the Provos for 30 years.
He has been accused in the House of Commons of involvement in bombings in London, and has had property previously targeted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Storey's third coffin bearer, west Belfast man Sean 'Spike' Murray, is also believed to be a member of the IRA Army Council. He is currently employed as a senior Sinn Fein strategist and was jailed for 12 years for explosives offences in 1982.
Murray was recently at the centre of claims, which he denied, that linked him to gun-running from America after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Ex-stockbroker Mike Logan, who made the allegations in return for immunity from prosecution, died suddenly in 2016 leading to the case against the veteran republican being scrapped.
Other prominent IRA figures in attendance at Storey's funeral included his good friend Padraic Wilson - who was once IRA leader in the Maze Prison. Jailed for 24 years in 1991 for car bombs, he is also understood to be a current member of the Army Council.
Although the Provos have been on ceasefire since 1997 and decommissioned a large section of its arsenal in 2005, it retained some weapons.
The organisation's murder of Kevin McGuigan in 2015 is proof of this, and a fact recognised by the most recent report on paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland. The investigation found the IRA still retained its structures including the Army Council and some 'departments'.
Other prominent republicans pictured playing leading roles at the Storey funeral were convicted robbers Brendan McElkerney and Patrick Leonard. West Belfast man McElkerney is a hate figure among IRA veterans because of his criminal background. A brother-in-law of Sinn Fein politician Gerry Kelly, he was brought into the terror gang by Storey because of his criminal expertise and protected by the now deceased republican leader.
McElkerney was questioned by police about the IRA's robbery of £26.5m from the Northern Bank in 2004, but was never charged.
In 2015 he was warned that he is under threat from drug dealers following the Provo murder of Kevin McGuigan.
Patrick Leonard, who was pictured wearing an earpiece and providing security at the funeral, was caged for nine years in 2004 for a botched robbery at the Gransha Hospital in Derry.
Originally from the Short Strand area of Belfast, he is now chair of Sinn Fein in the south and east of the city.
Republican sources say the attendance of so many key IRA figures at Milltown Cemetery last Tuesday was as much about putting on a show of strength as saying goodbye to their friend.
One explained "This was the Provos saying we haven't gone away - putting that message out to the British government, the PSNI and dissident groups.
"The numbers in attendance were impressive, half of west Belfast came to a standstill, and for Sinn Fein it was worth the trouble that Michelle O'Neill ended up in for not social distancing."