The Taoiseach has said another energy credit over the winter months has not been ruled out.

The third of three €200 credits will soon appear on residential bills to help householders with the cost-of-living crisis.

Last month, the Government agreed a more targeted cost-of-living package, however no additional €200 electricity energy credit was announced for May.

Speaking on RTÉ's Prime Time, Leo Varadkar said a fourth payment towards electricity bills is "a possibility for the winter period when the bills are at their worst".

He said "the way we would fund that is through the windfall tax that we're going to impose on the profits of the energy companies".

Mr Varadkar said the energy credit is something the Government "can reinstate in the winter, if prices don't come down".

However, the Taoiseach said "while there is more help on the way" he wants to see "prices coming down".

"I'm not going to stand for companies making massive profits and then expecting the taxpayer to fund energy credits."

He said the Government "would expect to see electricity and gas bills come down over the course of the year".

Mr Varadkar said "people are seeing some really eye-watering bills at the moment".

While he insisted "there are lots of different ways" the Government is helping householders with their bills, he said there are also mechanisms from the energy companies.

"They have hardship funds, people can engage with the company if they're unable to pay the bills," he added.

The Taoiseach also again said no decision has been made on whether or not to extend the eviction ban, which is in place until the end of March.

Mr Varadkar said the Government will decide at next Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.