Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that giving energy customers another €200 off their electricity bills is "certainly an option".

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, he said: "It's a simple thing to do and if you give it to every household, it's a simple way of doing it.

"If you decide to have a means-tested system of some sort, that's very complicated (and) can be quite expensive to administer and can take a lot of time to do, whereas a discount is very straightforward."

On Sunday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney told RTÉ's This Week that another €200 subsidy was something the Government would have to discuss.

"The vast majority of people are feeling pressure in terms of their energy bills," he said.

Mr Varadkar also said that energy companies should not be making "super profits" out of the energy crisis.

He said profits made by Electric Ireland are reinvested into renewable energy and improving the grid.

"Profits are the balance sheet that gets reinvested, but they shouldn't be making super profits," he said.

The Tánaiste said that because Electric Ireland is a State-owned company, the Government has the ability to take a larger dividend.

"If it is the case that they make hyper profits or disproportionate profits, higher than a normal year, if you like, we have the ability as a Government to take a larger dividend from them," he said.

Mr Varadkar said that choosing to do this is "just a Government decision, it's that easy".

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