The Government have met to discuss the pending energy crisis which threatens to hit Irish homes even harder this winter.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin held a two-hour meeting with Environment Minister Eamon Ryan, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath and senior officials from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s office last night.
A spokeswoman said: “The Government is very conscious of the concern of households and businesses around increased energy costs.
“Over 2.4 billion euro has been provided to help people with the cost of living to date and the Government is continuing to assess how best to continue to help people over the coming months.”
It is understood the group will meet again to further discuss ways to reduce energy costs.
It comes as EU and German leaders pledged to reform Europe’s electricity market in a bid to reduce soaring costs.
Locally, home heating oil prices are creeping up again.
Prices have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine more than six months ago.
Last week SSE Airtricty became the latest energy company to hike its prices in Ireland.
From October 1st customers will see their gas bills rise by 39% and electricity bills by over 35%.