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John Murphy believes the camp has discredited a worthy cause.

"There's no discussions with them," he said. "We've tried every means to get them to reduce the size of the camp or make it more aesthetically pleasing but there's no give with them. It seems like these are serial protesters and if it isn't the oil or trees of whatever it'd be something else. I actually don't think they've done much good."

Said 21-year-old Padraig Loughran, a protester from Trim, Co Meath, in the kitchen area of the Occupy camp: "For the first three months I pretty much stayed here constantly.

"I've gone away now doing other things," he explained, "but I come back every now and then and check in. The movement is much bigger than the camp itself, the camp is a statement and must remain so as a permanent statement and as a permanent raising of awareness."

Asked if he's worried that jobs may be lost as a result of the camp, Loughran, who studied acting for two years, replied: "I can understand where they're coming from, but when one gentleman first came to us with his grievances, a member from the camp went over and had a look at his books and had a talk with him and you know, you're in the middle of a recession! You're charging €16.50 for a hair cut! Your business isn't really going to boom! Whether or not that's a direct cause of us, I don't personally think so. No."