It's nonstandard, but don't waste your energy telling him so. Telling someone that they use nonstandard English is kind of like telling them that they need to change their diet-- they already know and tend to turn hostile if you remind them. Irregardless is one of those things that's probably someday going to be considered "part of the common usage," like "tuna fish" and "ATM machine." Those are both redundant in the same way, but grammarians have given up on them.
(By the way, my spell check didn't flag "irregardless!")
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