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Take 5: Wednesday

The political parties kick off their election campaigns; Russia promises “a corresponding reaction” for the expulsion of one of their diplomats from Ireland; and stalkers of the world rejoice in a new app.

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Every afternoon, TheJournal.iebrings you five things you really need to know at 5 o’clock.

1. #GE11: Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour all kicked off their election campaigns today, ahead of the general election in three and a half weeks’ time.

Fianna Fail’s slogan was unveiled to be: “Real Plan. Better Future”, while Fine Gael opted for “Get Ireland Working.” Meanwhile, Labour went with “One Ireland: Jobs, Reform, Fairness”.

2. #JOBSWATCH: Argos announced that it would be creating 30 new jobs for Tipperary with the opening of a new store.

However, the company also confirmed today that it had received 1,500 applications for the 30 vacanciess, and that all positions have now been filled.

3. #RUSSIA: Russia’s deputy foreign minister has warned that his country will retaliate – after the Irish government said it was expelling a Russian diplomat over the use of forged Irish passports by Russian spies.

A diplomat was expelled from the country yesterday, as a result of a garda investigation into the use of forged Irish passports by Russian spies.

The Russian Interfax news agency reported today that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said the “groundless and unfriendly act will not go without a corresponding reaction”.

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4. #EGYPT: Following the announcement by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last night, in which he said that he would stay on to finish out his term, groups of his supporters gathered at Tahrir Square to confront those calling for the president’s resignation today.

Gunshots have been heard in the square, in central Cairo, and people have been seen people throwing bricks and debris.

5. #FOURPLAY: If you have been wondering “where all the ladies are at” of late – never fear, there’s an app to help you find them.

The app, wheretheladies.at, has been designed to help you track down where women are by checking in on the geo-location programme Foursquare.

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