Over 30% of candidates already selected for the upcoming general election are women, according to the Director of Operations and Campaigns with Women for Election.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Suzanne Collins said 89 women have already been selected or declared to run, with up to 250 candidates still to be declared.

She said only 86 women ran in the 2011 General Election.

She said Fianna Fáil has yet to reach the 30% quota but still has several selection conventions still to take place.

Sinn Féin is guaranteed to meet the quota as they currently have 38% female candidates with only one selection convention left.

Government parties Fine Gael and Labour are both currently above the quota.

Ms Collins said 90% of the women selected by the larger parties are either incumbents, elected at the local level, or ran for election before.

Ms Collins said she was encouraged and that the women running are strong contenders for the next Dáil.