Josep Irla i Bosch

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Josep Irla i Bosch
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124th President of the Generalitat de Catalunya in exile
In office
15 October 1940 – 7 August 1954
Preceded by Lluís Companys
Succeeded by Josep Tarradellas
3rd President of the Parliament of Catalonia
In office
1 October 1938 – 15 October 1940
Preceded by Joan Casanovas i Maristany
Succeeded by Antoni Rovira
Personal details
Born (1874-10-24)24 October 1874
Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Baix Empordà
Died 19 September 1958(1958-09-19) (aged 83)
Saint-Raphaël, Provence
Political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya

Josep Irla i Bosch (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛp ˈirɫə j ˈβɔsk]) (24 October 1874 – 19 September 1958)[1] was a Catalan politician from Sant Feliu de Guixols.[2]

He was a deputy in the Catalan Parliament and the Spanish Congress in 1932, as an Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya affiliate. He was also the last President of Parliament of Catalonia at the end of Republican Catalan resistance in the Spanish Civil War, before Francisco Franco abolished the Generalitat de Catalunya. He was elected President of the Parliament of Catalonia on 1 October 1938.[3] In office, Irla pushed for cooperation with the allies, Basque nationalists and other anti-Francoist groups, though excluding the communists. [2]

He became the President-in-exile of the Generalitat after Lluís Companys was executed.[2] During his time as President-in-exile, he established a Government in exile, and appointed Josep Tarradellas as Conseller en Cap (Prime Minister). He resigned as President in 1954.[2]

He worked in his father's inn when he was young. He was the eldest son; his brothers were Francesc and Nicolau.

He died in Provence, France in 1958.[2]


  1. ^ Parlament de Catalunya "Bosch and Josep Irla (1938 - 1940)". Presidents of Parliament (in Catalan, Spanish, English, Basque, Galician, Occitan). Parlament de Catalunya. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e The failure of Catalanist opposition to Franco (1939-1950), Casilda Güell, P87
  3. ^ La Vanguardia, 2 de octubre de 1938, p. 5:

    Por 36 votos a favor y 4 en blanco, es elegido presidente don José Irla Bosch. Este pasa a sentarse en la presidencia, y la Cámara, en pie, la dedica una cariñosa ovación.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lluís Companys
President of the Generalitat de Catalunya in exile
Succeeded by
Josep Tarradellas
In exile
Preceded by
Joan Casanovas i Maristany
President of the Parliament of Catalonia
Succeeded by
Antoni Rovira