When Europe goes to the polls next week some 360 million people will be eligible to vote across 28 member states - including the UK - for the European Parliament elections.

751 MEPs will be elected, including 11 in Ireland, which will rise to 13 if and when Britain leaves the EU.

RTÉ's Europe Editor Tony Connelly looks now at the role and importance of the European Parliament which is 40 years in existence.