At this early stage, before a general election has been called, the percentage of women candidates currently intending to contest the general election in Mayo is considerably higher than that of 2011.
That's according to Women for Election, the non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation set up to encourage and train more women into entering public life.
According to Women for Election's Director of Operations and Campaigns Suznne Collins, the percentage of women candidates in Mayo has exceeded 2011 levels already. In 2011, there were 33% of women candidates in the county but this time, early in the campaign, women already make up 40% of the candidates in Mayo. Suzanne admits that there is still a way to go in terms of candidate selection and declaration.
So far two women have declared their intention to run in Mayo.