Sir, it appears that Mr John Cullinane (May 14th) needs to brush up on his understanding of the basic principles of a democracy.

The reason that no political party recently represented the views of the 60 per cent who were anti divorce in 1986 is because that majority no longer exists. In 1995 the government fulfilled the role it was elected for by campaigning for the referendum result that a majority of the electorate were obviously in favour.

Arguments along the lines of Mr Cullinane's can be viewed as our grapes because they did not let the result they wanted or expected in the recent referendum, and so feel the need to question whether or not we are living in a democracy. Yours, etc Arran Quay Apartments, Dublin 7.