Sir, While the strident notes of the recent divorce referendum subside, pending a legal challenge, it is apparent on reflection that on this "charged" issue, a virtual equality of electorate voting, has found itself devoid of representation from the political spectrum on such a sensitive issue, which so many societies have tested, found wanting, and now seek to redress.

What was especially disturbing was the perceived manipulation of the many by the few, and the apparent hijacking of the political process on a constitutional issue. It should have been an open vote to be exercised by the electorate, without dubious political persuasion.

Compassion on this human tragedy is general, but while pleadings for pluralism on the lead up to the referendum have been made, what price pluralism for a virtual equality of voters in the aftermath? Yours, etc., Carrick Road, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.