Redundancy packages costing up to Â£250m for 3,000 Northern Ireland Royal Irish Regiment soldiers have been announced in the House of Commons. Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said full-time soldiers would receive a special payment of Â£28,000, a redundancy payment and a pension. Part-time soldiers will receive a special payment of about Â£14,000, but are not entitled to redundancy. The three home service battalions are due to be disbanded by May next year. A senior officer with 22 years service could receive approximately Â£151,211. "The unique and exceptional payment of the tax-free ex-gratia award is specifically designed to acknowledge the impact that disbandment will have on soldiers currently serving with the Royal Irish Regiment (home service) battalions," the minister said. "This is a very generous package and reflects the regard in which the home service is held." As an alternative to the severance package, the MoD is offering a Â£10,000 taxable bounty to those who transfer into general service with the armed forces.