Apologies for the delay in replying. My childcare arrangements are that I look after my daughter on Thursdays, which can make it hard to reply to e-mails. Hopefully this will have reached you before you go to the polling station.
Specific location of playgrounds is an issue for the Council, but I think there needs to be a directive that states that there should be playgrounds within walking distance of all homes in all built up areas.
Regarding Rialto, and the worry about antisocial behaviour in playgrounds, I think if there were enough playgrounds and facilities for children and teenagers, then the gathering of teenagers would not be a problem. Of course not all gathering of teenagers is in fact antisocial behaviour (It doesn´t seem like 20 years since I was gathering on green spaces in the Summer...) I think the park on Dolphin Road you mentioned would be good, but there is also some spaces along the SCR and a few derelict sites that could be used.
Regarding bus routes, the green party tried in the last government to introduce legislation for a directly elected mayor for Dublin, who would be in charge of things like public transport. At the moment Dublin Bus don´t seem to be accountable to anyone. I think we need new services on small electric, wheelchair and pram accessible buses to look after the areas between the canals, but above everything we need accountability. If there is a campaign about the 19 (and the 121) let me know about it, and I will join whether I am elected or not.
There are some great villages in Dublin 8, and we really need to work to bring them back to their full potential. The Green Party have ideas that empty shops could be used as "incubator units" for start up businesses, which would bring more vitality. I am also trying to start a buy local, eat local campaign, which will also help to revitalise the area. (see www.real-dublin.ie)
Regards & thanks for getting in touch.