Touring in the West of Ireland, it happens very often to see driving directions, car number plates and signboards of shops written in a completely different language from English and that has little to do with it: the Irish Gaelic. The Article 8 of Irish Constitution states that this is the national language and the first official language of the country, while the English ranks second; from 1st January 2007 the Irish Gaelic is also one of the official EU languages, although there is no requirement of translating EU documents in this language.