The parents of the murdered Swiss teenager, Manuela Riedo, have launched a new foundation for rape and sexual assault victims in Dublin.

Ms Riedo, 17, was found dead in an area of wasteland near Lough Atalia in Galway in October 2007.

Earlier this year, Gerald Barry of Rahoon in Galway was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.

The young student had arrived in Galway just three days before she was killed.

Hans Peter and Arlette Reido set up the Manuela Riedo Foundation to help and support rape victims and their families across Europe.

It intends to work with established organisations to provide counselling, medical and legal services.

The foundation also hopes to organise lectures in schools to create awareness about how students can protect themselves.

Mr Riedo said today that he and his wife were fighting every day to find a new way to make sense of their lives.

He said Manuela was not here now to do good things but with this foundation they could help.

A fundraising concert will take place in Berne on 25 July, featuring Irish musicians The Dubliners and Sharon Shannon.

John Sheehan of The Dubliners said he would hopes it will bring some comfort and solace to Manuela's parents.